BY UTN REPORTERS
Gulu Chief Magistrates Court has remanded the newly elected Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri, together with 33 others to Gulu Main Prison.
Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri has been charged before Dawa Francis Matenga along side with three MPs.
They have been charged with allegations of Treason, contrary to Section 23 of the Penal Cord Act.
Court documents indicate that the accused on Monday this week, “with intent to harm the person of the President of Uganda, unlawfully aimed and threw stones, thereby hitting and smashing the back windscreen of the Presidential car.
The suspects were not permitted to take a plea on the charges, given their gravity and the fact that they can only heard in a higher court.
In the fully parked court the suspects’ lawyers led by Medard Lubega Ssegona informed court that the accused were badly beaten during their arrest and detention, and that some of them needed urgent medical attention.
Medard Ssegona told the court that a number of clients that were beaten and tortured during the process of arrest and detention, by SFC soldiers adding that they are in dire need of medical attention.
Among those that needed urgent attention, included a one Night Asara, whose internal organs were badly damaged and is bleeding through her private parts
Indeed some of the suspects appeared in court in apparent severe pain and being helped to walk.
According to the lawyer, other suspects Shaban Atiku, Ddamba Tumusiime and Jane Abola were badly beaten, and couldn’t stand and could only sit with extreme difficulty.
Medard adds that the suspects cannot walk without support, they cannot sit because of what we believe is internal bleeding. They need urgent attention.
Other suspects, including MPs Gerald Karuhanga and Paul Mwiru, the lawyers say, were also severely beaten, and needed to go to hospital adding that the Police was advised to do limb x-ray by the police medical department.
The trial Magistrate Dawa Francis Matenga, in his ruling, directed prison authorities at Gulu Main Prison to “avail the suspects for proper medical examination, at a facility of their choice at their cost.
About being served with court documents, the trial magistrate ruled that it’s a practice that defense team has to be served with the relevant documents relating to this matter.
The suspects have been remanded till 30th August this year when they will be reproduced in court for mention.