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Police issue criminal summons for Bakaleke, four other senior officers

Former Kampala South RPC SirajeBakaleke faces criminal charges alongside Isaac Munezero, officer in-charge of crime intelligence at Katwe Police Station; George Kayongo, Kenneth Zirintuusa and Patrick Ochen.

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CRIME – Kampala Metropolitan Police criminal investigation boss Johnson Olal has issued criminal summons to former Regional Police Commander for Kampala South, ACP Siraje Bakaleke over allegations of robbery and kidnap.

Bakaleke faces criminal charges alongside Isaac Munezero, officer in-charge of crime intelligence at Katwe Police Station; George Kayongo, Kenneth Zirintuusa and Patrick Ochen.

According to sources at KMP CID, Bakaleke and his co-accused were issued with criminal summons last week after the Director of Public Prosecution asked them to appear before court to defend themselves against robbery and kidnap charges.

The DPP had been studying the files of the senior police officers to consider whether they were culpable for allegations levelled against them and should stand trial.

Bakaleke and his group were a few weeks ago instructed to appear before court but they ignored the summons claiming that it was just a rumour by police officers.

Their attitude prompting SSP Olal to issue criminal summons against them, which the officers again ignored.

The officers now face arrest if they defy the summons any further, says Crime24 reporter Jens Mukiibi.

The South Korean gold bubble

In February, intelligence personnel at Kampala South regional headquarters in Katwe received information that two South Koreans were looking for gold amounting to $1.5 million.

The South Koreans, Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un, were to meet some gold dealers at Acacia Mall in Kampala where their lawyer, Paul Wanyoto, had set up the meeting.

But it wasn’t the gold dealers waiting for the South Koreans at the mall, instead Bakaleke and his boys were.

The South Koreans later reported the case, prompting an investigation by Flying Squad Unit, claiming that they were surrounded by security operatives, put on gunpoint and asked to hand over the money they had.

Shs1.4 billion was handed over to the police officers before the two South Koreans were arrested and detained at Katwe Police Station. Two days later, the police officers booked the South Koreans on Emirates in an attempt to deport them. But things did not go as planned.

On the day the two were supposed to fly back to South Korea, however, the plane left them behind as they were being transported from Katwe Police Station to Entebbe Airport.

It was a moment of confusion as the police officers quickly bought other tickets with RwandAir but before the two foreigners could board the plane, Flying Squad operatives surrounded the place, arresting three police officers who had escorted the foreign nationals.

Bakaleke and other senior officers recorded statements at the Professional Standards Unit in Naguru and Kampala metropolitan police headquarters in February.

Bakaleke and his co-accused have since been on suspension as they were being investigated and later as DPP perused their files.

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