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Four Teso War Claimants Arrested

They were picked up on Sunday and detained at Soroti Central Police Station. Soroti high court sitting on May 20th,2013 ruled in favour of Teso war victims claimants and ordered government to compensate the people who lost lives and property during the insurgency.

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Four Teso war victims have been arrested and released for alleged misappropriation of funds collected from their colleagues to aid their case. They are Julius Ochen, chairperson Teso war claimants, Sylvester Akol, Willy Esabu and Ogali. They were picked up on Sunday and detained at Soroti Central Police Station. However, police later released three of the suspects without pressing any charges. Julius Ochen, chairperson Teso war claimants was retained in custody. 

The arrest of the four came ahead of today’s hearing of the government appeal against their case at Soroti High Court. Joab Wabwire, the Soroti District Police Commander says that Ocen was arrested following a complaint by five claimants accusing him of misappropriating the money they collected to aid their case.

 

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Mzee Sylvester Akol explained to URN that they were picked up by plain clothed detectives from a meeting they had scheduled at Akisim community hall in Soroti town. He says the cops didn’t tell them, why they were wanted by police. Angeline Osege, the Soroti district Woman MP says records at Soroti central police station don’t show why the four were picked up. 

Osege however, says the DPC told her verbally that Ocen was picked up in connection to a case of fraud that was filed five months ago.

 

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David Pulkol, the former director External Security Organization was among the big shots who intervened to demand the release of the suspects. Pulkol encouraged the Teso war victims to push forward with their case to compel government to compensate them for loss of lives and property.

  

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Rev. Michael Esakan Okwii of church of Uganda unsuccessfully tried to compel police to release the suspect. Esakan made several calls to some ministers from Teso soliciting their efforts to have the suspect released in vain.  He noted that, if police keeps on arresting people, they make them popular.

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In 2009, about 100 people affected by insurgency in Teso sub region, dragged government to High court seeking compensation for the destruction of their property and loss of lives.

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