Monday, July 11, 2016

The right forum to try an M.P.?

NTV-Uganda has a report about an ongoing Uganda People's Defence Force court-martial of a civilian--a Member of Parliament.
Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka has petitioned the High Court's civil division seeking an order to halt his on-going trial before the General Court Martial at Makindye.
Through his lawyers of Rwakafuuzi and Company advocates, Kabaziguruka challenges this trial on grounds that his right to a free and fair trial will be curtailed at the General Court Martial.
Kabaziguruka who questions the impartiality of this court also says that the Constitution prohibits the trial of an accused person in any court which is not independent and subject to direction or control of any one. He claims the General Court Martial takes orders from President Museveni.
Kabaziguruka also wants a court declaration that this trial is a violation of his constitutional right since he is not subject to millitary law.

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