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Friday, 20 April 2012

Oh! Uganda the land of Injustice: Man wrongly jailed for 3 years walks free

Man wrongly jailed for 3 years walks free

Publish Date: Apr 20, 2012

Pascal Kwesiga

The General Court martial has acquitted a25-year-man who spent three years in jail where he was taken after being arrested for a crime he did not commit.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP) dropped aggravated robbery charges against Mohammed Ssesanga, saying he was arrested wrongly over robbery.

The state prosecutor, Capt. Fred Kangwamu informed court that Ssesanga was arrested wrongly by the defunct Rapid Response Unit (RRU) operatives from Kitagata cell in Mbarara town in 2009.

He said that Ssesanga was handed over to RRU operatives by local defense soldiers and the area LCIII chairman. Kangwamu said the local authorities picked Ssesanga while he was roaming around the area, a day after a robbery had taken place in the area.

He explained that Ssesanga had been in prison innocently and asked court to set him free. The court chairman, Brig. Charles Angina acquitted Ssesanga.