Dan Oola Odiya, the deputy National Mobilizer for the opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party has been released after almost a year in detention.
Oola, who was charged with treason, concealment, murder and attempted murder in June, last year, was released this afternoon by the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala, according to his lawyer Nicholas Opiyo.
The charges stemmed from the attack on the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) detachment in Opit, Lakwana Sub County, Gulu district in May last year. Oola, alongside two others; Sam Ojok Obama and Kenneth Otto were accused of masterminding the attacks in which two people were killed and eight guns looted. They were remanded to Gulu Central Prison.
However, in January 2017, when the accused appeared before the Gulu Grade One Magistrate, the Director of the Public Prosecutions dropped the charges against the trio.
In the letter dated January 11, 2017, DPP Mike Chibita informed the Chief Magistrate’s Court that his office had discontinues proceedings against Dan Oola Odiya, Kenneth Otto and Sam Ojok. The letter is copied to the Gulu Resident State Attorney and Aswa Regional CIID. Paul Owino, the Gulu Grade One Magistrate advised them to process the release warrant and be set free.
But moments later, they were re-arrested and bundled in a vehicle, registration no UAZ 992M to Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja. They were then paraded before the General Court Martial in Makindye where their charge sheet was amended sheet to include conduct prejudicial to the security of the country. The trio was later taken to Kigo Central Government Prison.
Odiya’s lawyers today secured an order to get him out of custody. But the decision does not affect the status of his two co – accuse persons.