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Mabirizi Bail Application Hearing Flops

Last month, Mabirizi also asked the Court of Appeal comprised of Justices Muzamiru Mutangula Kibeedi, and Lady Justices Irene Mulyagonja and Eva Luswata to release him temporarily pending the determination of his intended appeal challenging his conviction and subsequent sentence of 18 months imprisonment.
05 Jul 2022 15:43
Male Mabirizi at the High Court in Kampala.


The High Court in Kampala has today failed to hear an application in which jailed lawyer  Male Mabirizi wants to be released on bail.

The application which was expected to be heard by Justice Isaac Muwata of the Criminal Division hasn't been heard on grounds that the trial Judge is indisposed.

The Court Registrar Festo Nsenga has adjourned the case to July 28th, 2022 for hearing.

Mabirizi who was present in Court from Luzira Prison has been taken back until then.

Mabirizi's bail application stems from the proceedings of February 15th 2022, when he was found guilty of contempt of court and accordingly sent to prison to serve  an 18 months’ jail term. 

The sentence was handed to him by Civil Division Judge Musa Ssekaana saying he had for the second time found him guilty for his actions of continued use of his social media platforms to attack judicial officers, himself (Ssekaana) inclusive. 

Mabirizi was subsequently arrested from Kyambogo University gate on February 21st 2022 and taken to Kitalya Prison from where he was later transferred from to Luzira Maximum Security Upper prison where he wants to be released from.  

But in his application before the Court, Mabirizi wants to be released on grounds that he has spent over 60 days in custody without trial and that he has substantial sureties adding that he will abide by bail terms.  

"That I have been in prison since February 21st, 2022 and no trial has taken place either before or after that date. That I know that upon spending 60 days in prison, I am entitled to mandatory bail" reads Mabirizi's application in part.

In criminal matters, most of the bail applications are heard and granted by the Court that is trying the accused person or by a more superior court where the applicant is either challenging his or her conviction and sentence.

In this case,  Mabirizi has nothing pending before the High Court Criminal Division since he was already found guilty by the Civil Division  Judge whose decision is being challenged in the Court of Appeal.

Last month, Mabirizi also asked the Court of Appeal comprised of Justices  Muzamiru Mutangula Kibeedi, and Lady Justices Irene Mulyagonja and Eva Luswata to release him temporarily pending the determination of his intended appeal challenging his conviction and subsequent sentence of 18 months imprisonment.

Mabirizi  says he will suffer a substantial loss if not released temporarily and the Court of Appeal  has already informed him that they will be giving him a decision on this matter on notice.

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