By Sania Babirye
Criminal summons have been issued against suspended Kampala South metropolitan police commander Siraje Bakaleke by the anti corruption court to defend himself on allegations that he wrongfully arrested and and confined three Korean Investors.
The assistant commissioner of police has been summoned by grade one magistrate Moses Nabende after him together with six other co accused failed to turn up in court to plead to 12 counts of Abuse of office, kidnap and abducting with intent to confine a person, Embezzlement, obtaining money by false pretense and conspiracy to commit an offense .
Bakaleke is said to have used his office and connived with city lawyer Mugoya Wanyoto to defraud 415000 US dollars from the alleged victims .
According to documents before court, Wanyoto is said to have extorted 30,000 US dollars as legal fees Court to defend them on alleged money laundering charges while in detention.
Bakaleke is charged together with , Wanyoto , a one Samwel Nabeta Mulowooza and 6 Deputy Assistant Superintendents of police officers.
These were expected to appear today to take plea but only Samuel Mulowooza ; the managing Director of Eye power Engineering company turned up and denied the charges before being released on bail prompting the magistrate to compel the others led by Bakireke to appear in court without fail on the 5th of October this year to take plea.
Meanwhile, Mulowooza’s lawyers of Angualia and company advocates have written to the DPP saying their client is wrongfully being prosecuted because he did not conspire with Bakireke and others to defraud the foreigners but only acted as a concerned citizen and gave vital information to police to investigate the Koreans for Terrorism and money laundering.
As a result, they want their client to be exonerated on grounds that he acted as a whistle blower, which the DPP objects too.