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Accused Bakaleke demands fresh probe

 

Suspended Assistant Commissioner of Police Siraje Bakaleke, who is implicated with others in an alleged multibillion extortion case, has petitioned the High Court to have the matter investigated afresh.

Bakaleke, formerly a high-flying officer operating within Kampala city centre, faces charges of illegally appropriating Shs 1.4 billion from two South Korean nationals, Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un. He denies the charges.

The matter in which 12 others were also dragged to the Kololo Anti-Corruption Court includes 12 counts of alleged kidnap, abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud.

Siraje Bakaleke

Bakaleke is accused alongside lawyer Paul Wanyoto Mugoya; Samuel Nabeta Mulowooza, the managing diirector of Eye Power Engineering Company and police officers Robert Munezero, Innocent Nuwagaba, Robert Ray Asiimwe, Junior Amanya, Babu Gastavas and Kenneth Zirintuusa.

However, he says he was never served with any summons from the Anti-Corruption court, hence his August 22 petition to the High Court.

“The Director of Public Prosecutions (Mike Chibita) acted irrationally in consenting to the charges against the applicant; the applicant therefore seeks an order of certiorari for proceedings against him to be quashed until complete investigations are done,” says the petition filed  through the law firm, Nakacwa and Partners Advocates.

This petition was scheduled to be heard yesterday but the matter was adjourned to October 11 after neither Bakaleke nor counsel from the DPP’s office appeared.

In one of the counts, prosecution contends that Bakaleke, and others, in February conspired to abduct one Ha Dongsub with intent to cause him to be secretly and wrongfully confined.

The group is further implicated in the alleged extortion from two South Koreans who had travelled to Uganda early this year hoping to buy gold worth $1.5 million.

The South Koreans were arrested from Acacia Mall in Kampala where they were due to meet their lawyer, Wanyoto. It is alleged that the arrest was carried out on the orders of Bakaleke.

Eight of the accused persons were charged in absentia before Grade one Magistrate Moses Nabende of the Anti-Corruption Court from where they were bailed.

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