Anti-graft court issues nationwide warrant for arrest of runway police boss Bakaleke

SECURITY |The Anti-Corruption Court has issued a nationwide warrant for arrest of former Kampala South Regional Police Commander Siraje Bakaleke.

Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende took the drastic step after Police failed to arrest and produce Bakaleke in court after more than a month of serving a warrant for his arrest to Uganda Police Force.

In October, Nabende ordered for the immediate arrest of Bakaleke, a suspended senior police officer at the rank of Assistant Commissioner, after he defied court summons.

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So far, Bakaleke has repeatedly refused to appear before the anti-graft court answer to 12 counts, including abuse of office, kidnap, and conspiracy to defraud and commit a felony.

He first sought to block his trial by asking the civil division of the High court to Issuing a temporary injunction. But Justice Musa Ssekaana last month rubbished his case on grounds that halting the trial wouldn’t be in “public interest” and would amount to the use of “judicial process to perpetuate a wrong”.

Nabende on Tuesday issued what he termed as the nationwide warrant of arrest for Bakeleke at the request of state prosecutor Harriet Angom, who informed the court that Police wasn’t doing it’s work of ensuring that one its own is charged before the courts of law.

The whereabouts of Bakaleke remains unknown although it is believed he remains in the country but living a secretive life for fear of arrest.

Bakaleke and other officer who include D/ASP Innocent Munezero, D/ASP Innocent Nuwagaba, D/AIP Robert Asiimwe, PC Amanya Junior, PC Babu Gastavas and PC Kenneth Zirintuusa are accused of having arbitrarily directed the wrongful arrest and confinement of three Korean nationals.

They are jointly charged with Paul Mugoya Wanyoto and Samuel Nabeta for allegedly defrauding the said Koreans of $415,000 (about Shs1.5 billion) between February 4 and 11, 2018.

Prosecution further alleges that on February 4 and 11, the accused persons conspired to kidnap the three Koreans with an intention to secretly or wrongfully confine and defraud them. The case has been adjourned to November20.

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