Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lawyers volunteer to represent civilians before Ugandan court-martial

Lawyers from the "Legal Brain Trust" in Uganda have volunteered to represent civilians accused before the general court-martial, according to this article in The Independent.
Dubbed the Rwenzori Justice Mission, [Senior counsel for constitutionalism and human rights Laudislaus Kiiza] Rwakafuzi told the team that they must strategize on how best to serve justice to the suspects who are already unfairly being tried by the Court Martial that is supposed to discipline its officers when they are community offences but not civilians who are supposed to be handled by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the police.
“The military do not have the expertise to investigate,” Rwakafuuzi said, “this is not an issue of national security, so without the DPP and police, investigations will be poorly handled and we shall never know the truth.”

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