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Suspects in Luweero Police Attack Charged

The thirteen, who are linked to the notorious B13 gang, appeared jointly before Luweero Chief Magistrate Mary Babirye on Friday evening and charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder.
The suspects being escorted to Luweero Chief Magistrate after spending 24 days in cells with no trial
The trial of thirteen suspects, accused of killing a Police officer during an attack on Kasana Police post in Luwero, has started.

The thirteen, who are linked to the notorious B13 gang, appeared jointly before Luweero Chief Magistrate Mary Babirye on Friday evening and charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder.

They include Eric Kirya, Abdullakim Ssenyimba, Ahamad Ssempala, Hudson Ssengendo and Arafat Mugabe. The others are Vincent Kakumirizi, Emmanuel Tabu, Vincent Kirumira and William Katongole among others. They were arrested from several zones in Luweero town council shortly after raid on Kasana Police post early this month.

The Chief Magistrate read that on April 1st this year, the accused and others still at large, conspired and attacked Kasana Police post where they killed a detective constable identified as Geoffrey Bala and attempted to kill Sergeant Sarah Achan.

They were allowed to enter a plea on the charge of attempted murder and not on the murder charge which is only tried by the High Court. They pleaded not guilty.

However the suspects requested for a chance to comment on the cases brought against them which the magistrate accepted but didn\'t record any submission over lack of jurisdiction.

Led by Jimmy Kafeero, an 18 year old suspect, they accused Luweero Police officers of torture, illegal detention and linking them to a case they have never committed.

Stephen Ariong, a State Prosecutor in the case asked for adjournment to enable Police conduct thorough investigations. The Suspects were then remanded to Butuntumula Government Prison until 12th May 2015 when they will re-appear for mention of the case.

Savannah Regional Police spokesperson Lameck Kigozi explained that the situation at the court warranted heavy deployment. He said the accused persons had turned violent and could easily escape before reaching in courtroom.

By the time police presented them in court, the suspects had spent up to 24 days in its cells with no trial.