Omusinga’s bail ruling set for Friday

  • by Ignatius Liposhe
  • February 13, 2017
Court session in progress

Jinja High Court judge Eva Luswata has adjourned until tomorrow to give a ruling on Rwenzururu king Charles Mumbere’s bail application.

Judge Luswata had earlier on Thursday morning dismissed an application by the state to have Mumbere’s bail hearing transferred to International Crimes Division of the High Court.

“I will conclude therefore that at this point of the case, the applicant (king) is not subjected to International Crimes Division of the High Court rules,” she ruled.

On Tuesday, Principal state attorney Rachael Bikhole in her preliminary objection had argued that the king faces terrorism among other grave charges only triable by the International Crimes Division of the High Court.

Alex Ojok, a Senior state attorney has objected to granting the Rwenzururu king bail. He argues that this will interfere with Police’s investigations and also interfere with the ongoing arrest of other suspects.

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The charges

Omusinga Mumbere is facing several grave charges including treason, murder, terrorism, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and malicious damage to property. The king is jointly charged with more than 150 of his royal guards who are currently in detention different prisons in Jinja District. The charges arise from the raid on his palace in Kasese which was bombed out on November 27 by a combined squad of the police and the army. More than 100 people were killed.