The Anti-Corruption Court has extended the arrest warrant aginst Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Siraje Bakaleke. Yesterday, when the case came for mention, state attorney Jonathan Okello told court that investigations were still ongoing and requested court to extend Bakaleke’s warrant of arrest and bail for his co-accused.
“Your worship,this case is coming up for mention and I pray warrant of arrest for Bakaleke be extended and bail for his co-accused, ” he said.
This prompted court presided over by Grade one magistrate Moses Nebende to adjourn the case to February 14th, for mention. This is the fifth time a warrant of arrest has been issued against Bakaleke over failure to show up in court.
On November 19th 2018, the police top management declared Bakaleke a deserter after he absconded from duty.
Bakaleke was formerly a Political Education Chief under the Police’s Directorate of Political Commissariat. Prior to this, he served as the Regional Police Commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police (South). Bakaleke with six other Police Officers are facing twelve counts of abuse of office, obtaining money by false pretence, embezzlement, kidnapping with intent to confine a person. His co-accused are Samuel Nabeta Mulowooza, 30, the Managing Director of Eye Power Engineering Company Ltd and Police Officers Robert Munezero, 31, Innocent Nuwagaba, 32, Robert Ray Asiimwe, 37, Junior Amanya, 28, Gastavas Babu, 27 and Kenneth Zirintusa, 26.
All the officers were suspended from their stations, pending investigations. They are currently out on bail.
The accused are said to have defrauded three South Korean businessmen of $415,000 (about shs1.5bn) in a gold scam on febuary 8, 2018. It is alleged that the policemen and others still atlarge, between February 4 and 7th 2018, committed arbitrary acts by cuasing the illegal arrest and confinement of Jan Seungkwon, Park Seunghoon and Ha Dongsub, and all South Korean nationals.
Prosecution further alleges that the suspects in the same period kidnapped Koreans with intent to cuase them to be secretly and wrongfully confined.