April 16, 2013

Basajjabalaba Sues AG Over Compensation Case

City tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba has sued the Attorney General challenging the actions of the Director of Public Prosecutions of ‘illegally’ taking over the Shillings142 billion compensation case.

Embattled City tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba
Embattled City tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba

The case was formerly at Buganda Road Court.

In his petition filed before the Constitutional Court today, the businessman together with his younger brother, Muzamiru Basajjabalaba, claim that the DPP’s action of withdrawing the privately instituted case against them in their absentia was unconstitutional.

Basajjabalaba is also challenging the actions of the DPP and the police in arresting him at Entebbe Airport, shortly after he and Muzamiru had been granted bail by Buganda Road Court, as being unconstitutional.

In January this year, the businessman mysteriously appeared before Buganda Road Court and pleaded not guilty to privately instituted charges arising out of the compensation claim. The court appearance came after he had snubbed several police criminal summons over forgery of a judicial document that led to the eventual payment of the 142 billion shillings.

He was charged with uttering a false document, forgery of a judicial document and conspiracy to defeat tax laws amounting to 20 billion shillings.

However, shortly after he had been granted cash bail of 30 million shillings by Buganda Road Court, the police arrested him at Entebbe International Airport as he attempted to sneak out of the country.

Subsequently, the DPP announced that he had taken over the Buganda Road proceedings before withdrawing them.
A day after the developments, the businessman was taken to the Anti Corruption Court under tight security and charged with similar charges he had pleaded not guilty to at Buganda Road Court.

The accused are now seeking interim court orders among others staying the proceedings before the Anti Corruption Court until the main constitutional petition challenging these anomalies is heard and disposed of.

They are also seeking court orders compelling President Museveni and the Judicial Service Commission to immediately appoint more judges in all appellate courts so that the DPP and the Chief Magistrates courts don’t go on rampage of abusing their rights without being checked.

Court has gone ahead to fix April 24 to hear his grievances.

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