The investigation into the death of a high-ranking Ugandan Army officer continued yesterday (20 April) in Kampala, with testimony from Mohamed Hassan, the former head of Uganda's Criminal Investigation Department.
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SV Mr. Hassan escorted to prison by police.
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Background: The investigation into the death of a high-ranking Ugandan Army officer continued yesterday (20 April) in Kampala, with testimony from Mohamed Hassan, the former head of Uganda's Criminal Investigation Department. In January of last year, Brigadier Pierino Okoya and his wife were found dead with gunshot wounds. The former Ugandan President Milton Obote has claimed that the man who ousted him in January, General Idi Amin, was connected with the deaths. General Amin has revealed five men, who say they had been tortured by police to make them confess they were hired by the General to kill the Okoyas.
When the inquest opened a document was read out in court that told of a secret plan to infiltrate neighbouring Kenya and subvert the Government of President Kenyatta. The document, read out by a British barrister Percy Bloomfield, was alleged to have been written by Dr. Obote, before he was overthrown. Mr. Bloomfield, who has been briefed by the Ugandan Government to present evidence at the inquest on the Okoyas, alleged earlier in the inquest that there were signs that Dr. Obote was implicated in a plot to liquidate Brigadier Okoya.
SYNOPSIS: The investigation into the death of a high ranking Ugandan Army officer continued on Tuesday in Kampala. Justice Arthur Richard Dickson convened the court in order to hear further testimony concerning the death of Brigadier Pierino in January of last year.
The court heard from the former head of Uganda's Criminal Investigation Department, Mohamed Hassan. Under cross-examination from British barrister Percy Bloomfield, Mr. Hassan told the inquest that the death was the result of a plan by former President Obote to eliminate General Idi Amin, the man who took power in January. Mr. Hassan said there was no clue to the identity of the killers when he left Uganda to visit Japan last August, but on his return he found that Doctor Obote had taken charge of the investigation and several people had confessed to the murders.
When the inquest opened a document was read out, allegedly form Doctor Obote before he was overthrown, that told of a secret plan to subvert the Government of President Kenyatta in neighbouring Kenya. Mr. Hassan said he never believed claims by those who confessed that general Amin was implicated in the killing of Brigadier Okoya. Mr. Hassan is at present being held in protective detention.