Court awards Aguma Shs200m, orders his release

Joel Aguma, former head of professional standard police

High Court in a surprise ruling has quashed charges of kidnap, illegal repatriation of refugees and being in unlawful possession of military weapons brought against senior police chief, Joel Aguma.

Aguma, the former commander of the Police Professional Standards Unit [PSU], through his lawyer Caleb Alaka protested trial by the General Court Martial based in Makindye.

In a ruling dated February 13, High Court Judge Margret Oumo Oguli ordered for Aguma’s immediate release from military custody.

She awarded Aguma a compensation of Shs200m for the trauma caused by his arrest, detention and prosecution before the General Court Martial.

This was in response to an application seeking to restrain the Military Court from trying the Senior Police Officer.

The judge ordered that the Professional Standards Unit of the police should investigate the charge and prosecute the applicant.

It was ruled that Court Martial has no jurisdiction in cases involving Police officers and also that a Police officer cannot be charged with unlawful possession of Military stores.

Court further ordered for Aguma’s immediate release.