Police on spot over inmates rights

The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Masaka District has blamed the police for keeping suspects in cells for more than the legally allowed 48 hours.

Mr Tadeo Muyindi, who represented the Masaka Chief Magistrate, while addressing a meeting to generate views on the National Development Action Plan on Human Rights last week, said courts receive cases from police late because the suspects have been kept in police cells for longer than they should be.

Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) aiser on human rights accountability Musa Modoi attributed the failure to implement court orders to individual interests of police officers, saying it had perverted the collective responsibility of the police and Judiciary in providing justice to the suspects.

Mr Muyindi also asked the human rights activists to attend court proceedings, especially the court martial to ensure fair hearing.

He said in some courts the convicts are unfairly heard which violates their right to justice.
However, the deputy southern regional police commander, Mr Edward Mugweri, said the Force is constrained with inadequate staff to quickly investigate cases of suspects in custody.

“Sometimes we delay to take suspects to court because staff in the district CID department is not enough to speed up investigations. That is why they are detained for more than 48 hours,’’ Mr Mugweri said.

He, however, said some suspects are kept in police cells for several days to protect them from mob justice.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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