A petition has been lodged before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged torture claims involving President Yoweri Museveni and his son General Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Others mentioned in the petition include 26 officials who are accused of torture and other forms of abuse against their political rivals through secret detention chambers.
The petition which has been filed by one Mr. Bruce Afran, a lawyer based in Princeton, New Jersey, USA claims that there are over 200 testimonies over the alleged claims with all the statements coming from victims of the alleged perperators.
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Speaking to the Monitor over the petition was the country’s Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka who noted that the move was unnecessary as ICC is usually the last resort when all legal channels in the country have failed to deliver justice.
He continued by confirming that some of the complaints have been handled by the court and sentences issued. A copy of the petition has however not been served to him.
This is the second time ICC has been notified of torture claim as in 2016 and 2017 a similar complaint was lodged at the Netherlands’ based court.
Investigation was conducted and in 2020 it was found that the indeed people were killed but the allegations do not amount to war crimes.
President Yoweri Museveni has been very critical of the West accusing them of sponsoring his political opponents including musician turned politician Bobi Wine with the intention of toppling his over.
The latest move by the President was signing the anti-gay bill which angered the West who threatened to cut off donations to Uganda if it is not reverted.