Arua fracas: Police deny holding Bobi Wine’s cars

Suspects in the treason case involving Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine have asked the trial magistrate to refer the matter to the Constitutional Court for interpretation.

The suspects are challenging the constitutionality of their trial given that they were tortured during arrest and detention.

Defence lawyer Henry Kilama told the magistrate Imran Kintu that his clients preferred to have the Constitutional Court pronounce itself on the matter.

Bobi Wine, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Shaban Atiku and Night Asara are some of the suspects that spent several weeks in hospital nursing broken limbs.

Others like Jinja Municipality East Paul Mwiru walked out of prison with injuries.

During today’s court session, police detectives from Arua and Gulu police stations appeared in response to summonses in regard to suspects’ belongings.

Bobi Wine accusing the police of holding onto his cars – a Toyota Tundra and a Toyota Prado, his wedding ring and cash.

The suspects outside Gulu Magistrate’s Court

Other suspects also accuse the police of confiscating their personal belongings such as handbags, mobile phones and money which they want the police to release unconditionally since they are not connected to the treason charge against the opposition politicians.

The police officers were not clear on the status of the items but denied that they had any cars belonging to Bobi Wine forcing the magistrate to give the police a 30-day period to file an explanation on the status of the items.

Up to 36 suspects are facing treason charges for allegedly stoning President Yoweri Museveni’s car during the final day of campaigning during the Arua by-elections last August.

The case has been adjourned to July 4.

Meanwhile, there was a scuffle outside the court premises as the Police moved to re-arrested some of the suspects in the case.

Police detectives led by Herbert Wanyoto, the regional criminal investigations officer for West Nile arrested Musa Ssenyange, the driver of a grader registration number UAP 064 R which the police claims to have been used to block Museveni’s motorcade in Arua.

Ssenyange was driven to Arua in a white Toyota Premio UBE 128 F while Zaake escaped arrest after he hitched a lift in Bobi Wine’s car.