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Lawyers Seeking Justice For Weightlifter Ssekitoleko

Since his much vaunted deportation back to Uganda from the Olympics in Japan, embattled Weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko has spent close to six days in custody.

Criminal Investigation Department spoxy Charles Twine said that they are carrying out a thorough probing into the matter as the reason the weightlifter is still incarcerated.

His lawyers led by counsel Anthony Wameli on Tuesday were at the High Court in Kampala seeking for the unconditionally release of Julius ssekitoleko.

“Its about 56hrs and he (Ssekitoleko) has not been released neither has he been charged in any courts of law which is unreasonable detention,” revealed Anthony Wameli.

He added: “So we filed an application under section (15) of the human rights enforcement act to unconditionally release our client Julius Ssekitoleko”.

Because of the lockdown which brought many courts at a standstill, Wameli and his learned friends Geofrey Turyamusiima and Philip Munaabi had to first file a certificate of urgency requesting for the high court to take this case as an Urgent matter.

At exactly 1:00pm, the court had to sit under Judge Wamala Boniface who accepted this case hearing to go.

“First of all for court to grant us that certificate, we had to explain that the fundamental rights we are trying to promote and protect is urgent, a right to personal liberty cannot wait and its violation is also continous, every time he spends in custody, his right to personal liberty is being violated.”

Counsel Philip Munaabi didnt have sweet words for Uganda Olympic Committe (UOC) and National Council of Sports (NCS).

“All the drama we are seeing today shouldn’t be blamed upon our client (Ssekitoleko) but rather questions should be directed to NCS and UOC,” says Munaabi.

Ssekitoleko has previously been at the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia, 2019 All Africa games in Morrocco, and 2021 Africa Weightlifting championships in Kenya lifting Uganda’s flag high.

However sources have revealed to this website that Ssekitoleko might be released on Wednesday.

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