Zaake wins escape case, vows to sue Museveni

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MP Zaake in court

Court has Friday acquitted Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake of charges of escape from lawful custody.

In his message, Zaake said the court ruled that he was never arrested but tortured and never escaped.

“His worship, the Grade one Arua magistrate, Asiku Swaleh has acquitted me of all the charges trumped by Mr. Museveni and his police that I had escaped from their custody.”

He added: “Justice has prevailed and I highly esteem the court’s findings that I was never a suspect in anything as earlier traded by the malicious state propaganda.”

Zaake said His worship ruled that Arua hospital where he was dumped by his tormentors was never an extension of police.

Court also found it unconvincing that he was left alone on the hospital bed with no police guards by his side yet they claim he was a suspect.

“Through my counsel, Hon. Medard Ssegona we are pursuing the case further such that security personnel involved in my torture can be brought to light and also Mr. Museveni to compensate for all the costs I have incurred during my frequent monthly trips to the West Nile.”

He added: “This victory is not mine, it is the people’s victory. I will make an official statement in the due course. Thanks all that have stood with me in this trying moment.”

Zaake and lawyer Ssegona

Grade One Magistrate Swaleh Asiku, said the fact that the police left the accused (Zaake) at the hospital unguarded, meant that he was not a suspect.

“I now acquit the accused because he has no case to answer,” the Magistrate ruled, adding that by the virtue of the SFC dumping Zaake at Arua Central Police station without identifying themselves indicated that they knew what they did (torture) was wrong.

Zaake was on February 22 transferred from Kampala to Arua Court and charged with escaping from lawful custody before he was released on bail of Shs50m not cash.

Zaake laughs his lungs out

Zaake’s lawyer, Medard Segona said this was a case of witch-hunt of the opposition politicians.

Zaake and Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, were among the 33 suspects arrested in Arua on allegations of stoning President Museveni’s convoy on August 13, during the Arua Municipality by-election campaigns.

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