‘Parliament pigs’ suspects granted bail

KAMPALA
After spending two weeks on remand in Luzira prison, the two youth accused of sneaking two yellow painted piglets in Parliament were on Friday granted bail by City Hall Magistrate’s Court.

Grade one Magistrate, Erias Kazooza granted the suspects, Mr Robert Mayanja and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise a non cash bail of Shs2 million each, following pleas from their lawyer, Mr Isaac Ssemakadde that the duo are jobless graduates. Their four sureties were each bonded Shs 5 million not cash.

The duo was charged with three counts, which included interrupting Parliament activities, criminal trespass and conspiracy to sneak piglets into Parliament which charges they denied.

“Your worship, I am pleased to inform you that my clients are members of the country’s ‘Jobless Brotherhood’ and therefore, it will be a serious punishment to ask for a cash bail from them. They are without means so poverty should not be a hindrance for them to enjoy their constitutional right to bail,” Mr Ssemakadde said.

He said “The accused persons’ rights were also violated by the Uganda Police Force since they were incarcerated beyond the 48 constitutional hours without being presented before court.”

Upon their release, the suspects were ordered to return to court on August 4 this year for mention of their case since investigations are yet to be complete.

Prosecution alleges that on June 17 at Parliament, the accused persons, with intent to demonstrate and interrupt Parliament proceedings, unlawfully entered the House premises with pigs.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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