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High Court orders CMI to immediately release ICT Specialist Odongo

KAMPALA- The High Court sitting in Kampala yesterday Oct 6th 2020, ordered the Chieftaincy of military intelligence (CMI) and Uganda Police to unconditionally release Odongo Simon Peter an IT contractor with Internal security organization who is treating life threatening gun wounds at military hospital in Bombo, Luwero district.

High Court Judge, Justice Michel Elubu made a ruling yesterday in which he also observed that the Chief of Military Intelligence (CMI) Gen Abel Kandiho and Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola are in contempt of the court order dated 2nd June 2020 ordering them to grant Odongo Simon Peter access to his Doctor and Lawyer.

The High Court also ruled that Gen Abel Kandiho and Martin Okoth Ochola were in contempt of court order dated June 26th, 2020 to produce Odongo Simon Peter before a competent court within 48 hours failure of which to release him unconditionally.

Court also ruled that the respondent have infringed on Odongo Simon fundamental right to liberty for such a time that  amount to gross miscarriage of justice.

“The General court martial proceedings which were instituted against Odongo Simon Peter outside the 48 hours period directed by court are tainted by infringement of his fundamental rights” Justice Elubu ruled.

The Judge also ruled that Simon Peter Odongo is detained unreasonably and illegally and there are no justifiable reasons for his continued detention.

It is for these circumstances that Justice Elubu ordered the immediate unconditional release of Odongo Simon Peter and the respondents to pay all the costs of the application.


Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija is a Seasoned Journalist. He has an experience of Field and Community reporting for over 20 years. He started his career at Daily Monitor in the 1990s and is known for breaking major stories that remain topical issues today like the Bwindi Massacre and Kibwetere Inferno. He also worked at New Vision before concentrating on Digital Media. He has worked as reporter and news editor for a number of Media Organisations. Baraire is a family man, practicing farmer, and public speaker, is passionate about community Journalism. He is currently a Co-Editor at the Informer Ug an Online Publication in Western Uganda. Patson is widely traveled in East and Central Africa where he has attended several media training and Election Monitoring. He is passionate about Environmental Issues and Health Reporting.


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