The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita has withdrwan corruption charges against fugitive assistant commissioner of police Siraje Bakaleke pending his arrest.
The letter discounting proceedings against Bakaleke and eight of his co-accused was written and signed by Justice Chibita on May 24, 2019.
The state prosecutor attached to the Anti-Corruption division of the High Court, Ms Harriet Angom, on Monday presented the DPP’s letter before Grade one magistrate Moses Nabende.
“This is to inform you that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to discontinue proceedings against ACP Haj Siraje Bakaleke, Paul Mugoya Wanyoto, Samuel Nabeta Mulowooza, D/ASP Innocent Nuwagaba, D/ASP Robert Ray Asiimwe, PC Junior Amanya, PC Gastavas Babu and PC Kenneth Zirintusa charged with abuse of office (three counts), embezzlement, obtaining money with false pretence, conspiracy to defraud, kidnapping or abducting with intent to commit a felony (three counts), pending arrest,” reads the letter.
Mr Wanyoto is a lawyer while Nabeta is a businessman and the managing director of EYEPOWER Engineering Company.
They are accused of defrauding Shs1.4 billion from three Korean nationals they had kidnapped.
Ms Angom said the hunt for the fugitive officer, who is believed to have run into exile, was still ongoing.
This therefore means that when Bakaleke is arrested, the DPP will reinstate the charges against him