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Top Police Officers Arraigned Before General Court Martial

The officers include Joel Aguma, the commander of the police Professional Standards Unit PSU and Nixon Agasirwe, the former commander of the Special Operations Unit. They were escorted the Makindye based court by Military Police personnel from Makindye military detention.
Two of the six Police officers arrested over the last two days by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence have been paraded before the general court Martial for trial.

The officers include Joel Aguma, the commander of the police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) and Nixon Agasirwe, the former commander of the Special Operations Unit. They were escorted the Makindye based court by Military Police personnel from Makindye military detention.

A source who preferred anonymity told URN that while Aguma is being charged with the Illegal repatriation of refugees, Agasirwe is being charged with the murder of an Eritrean national who was killed in Kampala a few months ago.

They were charged alongside five junior police officers as well as a Congolese national and a Rwandan national.

Initial reports indicated that the suspects are accused of conspiring to kidnap and deport Rwandan refugees, who were perceived to be opponents of the Kagame administration.

Aguma, for example, was implicated for kidnapping and illegally extraditing Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Rwandan president, Paul Kagame. Lt. Mutabazi was kidnapped from Sky Hotel in Naalya, a city suburb where he was living with his family in 2013 and repatriated to Rwanda.

Lt. Joel Mutabazi was later charged with terrorism and sentenced to life in prison. He was also stripped of his military ranks by the Military High Court in Rwanda.

The prosecution had accused Mutabazi of terrorism, setting up an armed group, spreading rumours with the intention of inciting the public to rise up against the state, murder, crimes against the state, illegal possession of a firearm and deserting the military.