Uganda police in suspects torture scandal

ugandan policeFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda,KAMPALA, (CAJ News)UGANDAN police have allegedly tortured suspects to making illicit statements on the murder of a police commander shot dead by unknown assailants recently.Thirteen suspects have been arrested for the murder of Assistant Inspector General, Andrew Kaweesi, the second-most senior official in the force, who was killed in March along with two other officers.Some defendants charged in the murder of Kaweesi had visible injuries during recent court appearances when they complained of being beaten in Nalufenya police station in Jinja, east of the country. Kaweesi rose to prominence as he spearheaded the police response to widespread opposition party protests following a controversial 2011 election of President Yoweri Museveni.Photos have leaked indicating hospitalized mayor of Kamwenge, Geoffrey Byamukama , had horrific injuries including gaping wounds on his knees and ankles, which he said resulted from beatings by police who were investigating the same murder.Police have denied infringing on the rights of the suspects.However, rights groups alleged torture by police, specifically by a string of units which have changed name and location over the years, was rife.East Africa human rights advocate, Maria Burnett, said lack of investigations and failure to remove abusive officers from police ranks,despites decades of allegations, only reinforced the reliance on forced confessions by police.“They beat suspects to bypass the tough work of carefully investigating crimes and gathering credible evidence that could stand up to scrutiny in court.”

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