No bail for 2 Ugandans facing trial on gay-sex charges

23 Apr

76crimes blog

Human rights workers have been seeking the release of two Ugandans who face trial starting May 7 on homosexuality charges. The case of Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa, was reported in the article “2 Ugandans face trial on gay-sex charges.”

 

The advocacy group Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum — Uganda (HRAPF) has provided the defendants with lawyers who have tried to arrange their release on bail, so far unsuccessfully.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of HRAPF, released this description of the events in the case so far:

I have got many inquiries about this case, and since HRAPF’s lawyers have been representing the two since they were arrested, I would like to make a few comments in order to give the whole story behind the continued incarceration of the two.

It is true that Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa were arrested and charged with ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’ and ‘permitting a male person to have carnal knowledge of oneself against the order of nature’ contrary to Section 145(a) and (c) of the Penal Code Act — not under the Anti Homosexuality Act 2014. This was on January 27th and 28th 2014 and not December 2013 as alleged in the article [in The Guardian].

The first one Kim Mukisa was being beaten up by a mob when HRAPF intervened. Jackson had complained to the local officials that Kim was ‘sodomising’ him. They were arrested separately.

Luzira Prison (Photo courtesy of Monitor.ug)

They were held in detention for more than 48 hours, and on 3rd February 2014 we wrote a letter to the Police complaining about the violation of their rights. We copied in the Divisional Police Commander, the Inspector General of Police, and Uganda Human Rights Commission.

We also applied for the an unconditional release order for them to be released from custody. They were hurriedly taken to court as soon as the letter was delivered. They were remanded to prison until 21st February 2014.

An application for a production warrant was rejected and on their next appearance in court on 21st February 2014, bail was applied for. However, there was only one surety — Jackson’s father. Bail was denied because of the lack of sureties. The matter was stood over for four hours to allow sureties to come, but to no avail.

76crimes article: http://76crimes.com/2014/04/23/no-bail-for-2-ugandans-facing-trial-on-gay-sex-charges/

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