Court Grants Bail to SP Arinaitwe

The Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has granted bail to Superintendent of Police Gilbert Arinaitwe Bwana who is facing charges of aggravated trafficking in person.

The Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi this morning granted Arinaitwe cash bail of 2 million shillings after finding that the charges against him are bailable and that the sureties he had presented were substantial to enable him to return to court and attend the trial.

The prosecution alleges that Arinaitwe and others still at large on June 23rd 2023 at Nalumunye Bandwe Kyengera Town Council in the Wakiso District, recruited, maintained, confined, transported and transferred or harbored, facilitated or received a 23-year woman (names withheld) by means of threat or use of force other forms of coercion or deception or abuse of power or position of vulnerability for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labour or involuntary servitude or debt bondage.

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Last week, he was arraigned in Court and denied the charges.

Arinaitwe who is attached to the Crime Intelligence of the Uganda Police through his lawyer James Njogu applied for bail on grounds that the offence with which he is charged was bailable and that he is the sole breadwinner of his young family.

He presented his mother Olive Bwana, Sandy Nicholas, a police officer and his cousin and his friend John Patrick Lukwiya as his sureties in spite of the spirited effort by Senior State Attorney Ivan Kyazze to object to Arinatiwe’s bail application because of lack of a copy of his National Identification card and Local Council One letter to confirm his residence.

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Kayizzi further ordered Arinaitwe to deposit his passport with the court so as to bar him from travelling outside the country without the permission of the court.

He adjourned the case to September 7th 2023 for an update on the progress of investigations as to whether the Prosecution is ready to start trial.

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