The Anti-Corruption court has directed the state to return the phones belonging to Bank of Uganda officials charged with abuse of office.

The Bank of Uganda officials include The Assistant Director Mbale currency Francis Kakeeto, the verification officer Fred Wanyama and Charles Malinga the director currency.

Their Lawyers led by Samuel EJoku Oonyu told court that when his clients were arrested their phones were confiscated by a police officer attached to the State house anti-corruption unit identified as Bernard Ochaya.

Ejoku further told court that the charges against the suspects have nothing to do with their phones and that the police could have taken phone print outs and later return the phones to their rightful owners.

Nevertheless, state prosecutor Steven Ariong argued that information from police indicates that investigations are incomplete and the phones cannot be returned to the owners.

The Magistrate presiding over this case identified as Asiimwe directed that the phones be given back to the suspects and also summoned Ochaya to explain why police still possesses the phones.

Prosecution was also asked to expedite the investigations arguing that this is a public interest case which requires a speedy hearing. According to prosecution, the officials on April 26, 2019, between France, Belgium and Entebbe international airport allowed the inclusion of unauthorized cargo on a currency plane chartered by BOU.

It is also alleged that the officials on the same date corruptly neglected to perform their duty when they failed to refute or report the inclusion of unauthorized cargo on the plane. The suspects, however, pleaded not guilty and have since been out on bail.

 

 

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