Police tribunal drops torture charge, remands Kirumira

DPC Muhammad Kirumira

Police has returned former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira to Railway Police Station on remand after spending days in Nalufenya detention facility.

Kirumira is on trial for extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrest and excessive use of authority.

On Thursday, he was brought back to the Police Disciplinary Court for a ruling on his bail application.

But the Police Disciplinary Court chairman, Denis Odongpiny, declined to rule on the application saying the court needed more time to ascertain his conduct.

Court acknowledged Kirumira was wrongly detained in Nalufenya and sent him back to Railway Station Police designated for senior officers.

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Odongpiny said gave Kirumira four days [up to Tuesday] February 13, 2018 when he will rule on the bail application if Kirumira continues to behave well.

Drops torture charge

Meanwhile, the tribunal has withdrawn the charge of torture and unlawful use of excessive authority against Kirumira.

Kirumira had been charged with the torture of Pius Kato and Paul Ochaya during his tenure as the officer in charge of Nansana Police station in 2014. He is alleged to have removed the two suspects from cells, undressed them, beaten them and later cut off the right-hand thumb of Pius Kato.

But Prosecution led by Catherine Bamusemereirwe asked the disciplinary court chairman Odongpiny to withdraw the charges on ground that one of the victims died while another is untraceable.

Kato was shot dead by Flying Squad operatives during a foiled robbery in Bweyogerere.

The prosecution also went ahead to withdraw the charge of irregular conduct where Kirumira is alleged to have conducted an interview with Milton Tumusiime, a journalist working with red pepper at the time in which he abused the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura.

According to the prosecution, the charge cannot hold given that the journalist refused to be a witness against Kirumira.



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