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We bribed police to stop torturing us- Suspects Tell Court

Atim Maureen, one of the suspects told court presided over by Justice Paul Mugamba, that she paid the police officers 4.3 million shillings to stop them from torturing her. She was arrested on July 19th and detained at Lira Central Police station.
Three of the nine murder suspected have told the High Court in Lira that they bought their way out of police torture.

Atim Maureen, one of the suspects told court presided over by Justice Paul Mugamba, that she paid the police officers 4.3 million shillings to stop them from torturing her. She was arrested on July 19th and detained at Lira Central Police station. She claimed that she gave the money to Bernard Agwee.

 “When I was arrested the investigators took me to Odokomit Out post in Lira town and tortured me and made to sleep there for two days before I was taken to court” She told court.

Susan Ayuk, another suspect told court that she was tortured and asked to pay Shs300, 000. She however says that she didn’t have the money attracting further beatings.

But prosecution argued that the suspects are just implicating the investigators in order to escape from the wrath of the law.

Central North police spokesman, Henry Alyanga quashed the allegation against the investigators and described it as a desperate attempt by the suspects to blackmail the officers.

“How can a senior police officer like Raymond Otim ask for bribery to aide the release of a murder suspect, a case which was very sensitive?” Alyanga questioned.

The suspects including two UPDF soldiers are being tried for their alleged involvement in the murder of Acola Dorcus, a business woman. They allegedly committed the offence in July 2008 at Senior Quarters near Lira military barracks.

She was doing business in Juba, South Sudan but was waylaid and beaten to death by unknown people, just as she tried to set up base in Lira.

Her body was found lying in a pool of blood some meters from her resident in Senior Quarters A, village, Central Divison in Lira town.

Nine people including Atim Susan, Ayuk Tom, Isaac Engola, Onama Charles, Omara Tom a local defense Unit soldier, Achiro Catherine, Patrick Lumumba, and Atim Maureen were arrested in connection with the murder.

When the case came up for mention last week, Justice Paul Mugamba heard Shs3.8 milion and a mobile phone which was recovered from the deceased have also disappeared.

An attempt to contact the senior principal state attorney who is heading the prosecution team was futile.

The defense counsel will  present their submissions on Wednesday.

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