High court judge Margret Oguli-Oumo has ordered that the 19 people arrested in connection to the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi be immediately subjected to an independent medical examination.
The suspects through their lawyer Ladislus Rwakafuuzi a renowned human rights filed an application seeking orders compelling the government to subject them to a medical examination for the injuries they allegedly sustained as a result of torture in custody.
In the same plea, Justice Oguli ordered that the African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of torture victims carries out the examination and furnishes court with a report detailing the name, age, diagnostic method, findings and recommendations of the doctor in respect to each suspect within two weeks starting today.
The judge expressed doubt as to whether the doctors at Luzira prison where the suspects have been incarcerated for three months can file an independent medical report with court.
The judge also explained in her ruling that she has had the opportunity to see the suspects entering court where some of them walk with support of sticks which they never had on arrest and thus concluding that a medical examination which may exonerate police of torture acts should be carried out.
The suspects claim they were arrested from their homes and unlawfully detained in military custody before being transferred to Nalufenya police cells where torture acts intensified.