Army court sentences six soldiers to 6 months in jail

Six UPDF soldiers have been sentenced to six months in jail over torture. 

The 6 soldiers pleaded guilty before the Army Court Martial sitting at 4th Division Army Barracks in Gulu.

The hearing took place on Wednesday 8, April, 2020

The soldiers are accused of beating women while enforcing Presidential directive on curfew at Elegu Town Council in Amuru district last week.

They tortured 38 local women.

The six UPDF soldiers are: Lance Corporal Awany Abori Constantine, Private Ahimbisibwe Eria, Private Eboku John Mark, Private Mutenge Robert, Private Ayo Silvestre and Private Makanga Mohammed.

The above were arraigned before court-martial and charged with assault and causing bodily harm to locals contrary to section 236 of the Penal Code Act.

On Tuesday, Gulu Magistrate Court remanded 10 police officers until 7th May 2020 over the same allegation.

It is alleged that during a joint security operation, the soldiers and the police picked the 38 women from their houses, beat them badly.

Court heard that some of the tortured women’s arms were broken, and some had their private parts smeared with mud.

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