National unity platform principle Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu allais Bobi wine has reacted about the arrest and detention of city lawyer Male Mabirizi who was sent to Kitalya prison for 18 months over court contempt.
According to Bobi wine, although Mabirizi might have wrangled some people, but he is entitled to due process of law “I have learnt of the arrest and detention of Mr Male Mabirizi. He might have wrangled some people but I want to emphasize that he is entitled to due process of law” he post on face book page.
“The judiciary and all law enforcement agencies must ensure that his rights and freedom are upheld and that he is accorded his right to a fair trial.” Bobi wine added.
Lawyer Male Mabirizi who was on the run since last week was arrested and sent to kitalya government prison for 18 months after court ordered his immediately arrest and imprisonment for 18 month over contempt of court.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the controversial lawyer was arrested on Monday afternoon in Banda.
“He was got from Banda, Kyambogo as he was entering the university. He is currently detained at Jinja road police stations,” Owoyesigyire confirmed.
“Whereas Male Mabirizi has been found liable in contempt of a court order, this is to command you to arrest and deliver the said person to prison mentioned in the committal warrant with immediate effect,” the arrest warrant issued by the High Court on February 15 read in part.
Justice Musa Ssekaana last week issued an order directing the arrest of the lawyer over contempt of court where the warrant was addressed to all officers of the Uganda Police Force wherever they are.
Recently, the court ordered to pay a fine of shs300 million over contempt of court but the state has since accused him of continued attacks against judicial officers.
Justice Ssekaana last week said Mabirizi had never presented himself nor filed any affidavits to defend him over the accusations despite being summoned over the same and according to the judge the only option was sending him to prison.
“Mabirizi never presented himself to court after being summoned and neither did he file affidavits to deny the allegations against him. Court has been left with no option but to order for his arrest on sight and be taken to prison for 18 months,” Ssekaana ruled.
The judge further said that he had been forced to make a brief ruling in order to ensure Mabirizi stop his attacks on judicial officers.
However the controversial jailed lawyer, Mr Hassan Male Mabirizi, has pleaded to the Court of Appeal to have him released pending the hearing of his appeal challenging the 18 months jail term.
Through his lawyer, Mr Isaac Ssemakadde, Mabirizi asked the court presided over by Justice Christopher Izama Madrama to immediately order for his release citing that it was an illegal, unconstitutional move for his arrest while there are pending appeals which he needs to prosecute himself.
However, before the Appeal Court could hear Mabirizi’s application to stay execution of the lower court’s order, he has to stay in Kitalya Prison.