The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola, together with ACP Francis Olugu the Commandant Special Investigations Division (SID) Kireka and the Attorney General have been dragged to court over last week’s detention of six journalists and three staff of The Alternative Digitalk, an online Television.
In a petition filed through Kiiza and Mugisha company Advocates and Michael and Thomas company Advocates by one Ainebyona Innocent, a friend to the arrested individuals and a relative to one of them, court is being asked to order for unconditional release of the nine people from unlawful detention.
The detained individuals include Tumuhimbise Norman, Mukose Arnold Bikobere Faridah , Mukitibi Jeremiah , Tumusiime Kato, Luwedde Lilian , Nabukeera Teangel ,Turyahabwe Rogers and Jeje Wabyona
Ainebyona alleges that his colleagues were arrested on the 10th March, 2022 in a joint security operation and have been detained for over 48 hours without being produced to court which violates several of their Constitutional and fundamental human rights.
“The said joint security team arrested the entire media house comprising the 9 applicants, searched the media house’s premises and confiscated/seized the media equipment.” deponed Ainebyona in his affidavit
Some of the items taken, he said, include cameras, a media van, phones, personal computers, laptops, books, hard disks, external drives and other journalistic equipment.
The search was reportedly led by DAIP Ndyanabangi George attached to Katwe Police Division.
“The security personnel then bundled the Applicants in the waiting numberless mini-bus, accompanied by military vehicles and drove the arrested Applicants and the seized media equipment to the Special Investigations Division in Kireka” he added.
He thus asked Nakawa Magistrates court to issue orders for the applicants to be unconditionally released from police custody/detention.
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