Medics, Police Avoid Court

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Patricia Achom, a Legal Officer with Uganda Law Society says the absence of medics and police is itself injustice to the Karamoja community and accused persons.

The Moroto High Court Criminal Session has suffered a setback due to the failure by Medics and Police officers to appear as prosecution witnesses. The Medics and Police officers are key prosecution witnesses in cases of aggravated defilement, rape and murder.
 
 
On Wednesday, Justice Stephen Mubiru noted with concern the absence of such technical persons in court to testify against the accused persons, saying it was big blow to the state. He noted that unless something is done, the state will lose cases.

 
Justice Mubiru noted that could be compelled to acquit suspects in more than two capital offenses due to lack of substantive evidence from medics and Police. Paul Abul, a court assessor says it is very unfortunate for police to abandon cases after arraigning suspects before court.

 
He notes that the absence of technical officers is more visible in the current high court criminal session compared to the previous ones.
 

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Patricia Achom, a Legal Officer with Uganda Law Society says the absence of medics and police is itself injustice to the Karamoja community and accused persons. She appeals to all stakeholders to ensure key witnesses are produced before court.


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Gerald Amalo, the Moroto Resident State Attorney told court that he didn't know why the witnesses didn't show up since they were summoned to avail themselves in court.

 
He acknowledges the challenge but notes that his office can't do much apart from writing to the responsible officers. Irene Achieng, the Karamoja Police Spokesperson couldn't be reached for comment as she could neither pick nor return repeated calls from our reporter.

 
The high court criminal session that resumed on September 18th after judicial officer's strike is slated to end this Friday.