By Sakur AbdulSalam
The High Court has ordered that former police professional standards unit commandant Joel Aguma be tried before the police tribunal.
The order was issued by High Court Judge Margret Oguli-Oumo on Tuesday.
Oguli also ordered the General Court Martial siting in Makindye to immediately discontinue proceedings against Aguma and hand him to police for further probe and prosecution.
Recently, Aguma through his lawyers Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng petitioned court seeking to be unconditionally released on grounds that he is not army officer and the Army court has no jurisdiction over him.
Aguma is battling charges of kidnap and repatriating three Rwandan nationals.
His is battling the charges alongside former Nalufenya police station boss Nixon Karuhanga Agasirwe, Detective Assistant Superintendent of Police James Magada and Detective Assistant Inspector of Police Benon Atwebembeire.
Others are Detective Sergeant Abel Tumukunde, Special Police Constable Faisal Katende, Detective Corporal Amon Kwarisima, Abdulnul Ssemujju alias Minana, a Rwandan Rene Rutagungira (he is an army officer from Rwanda), and a Congolese, Pacifique Bahati Muhigenga alias Ilunga Monga.
It is alleged that the accused unlawfully kidnapped Jackson Kalemera alias Ndinga and (Lieutenant) Joel Mutabazi and delivered them to Rwanda without their consent. Mutabazi was a former bodyguard of Rwandan President, Paul Kagame.
It is further stated that on October 25, 2013, at Kamengo in Mpigi district along the Kampala-Masaka road, while in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades, ordinarily a monopoly of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), the accused persons conveyed Kalemera and Mutabazi to Rwanda.