The Law Society is concerned following recent reports of the shooting of Uganda’s Senior Prosecutor, Joan Kagezi, in what police have deemed was a planned assassination.
The Law Society notes that on 31 March 2015, Joan Kagezi was shot dead in Kiwatule, a Kampala city suburb, whilst driving home from work with her children in the car, at around 19:15, local time. Her three children, who were also in the vehicle, escaped unhurt. After shooting Kagezi twice in the head and neck, the gunmen fled on a motorcycle during heavy vehicular traffic, according to eyewitness accounts.
Kagezi was supposed to appear for the cross examination and prosecutions of 13 terror suspects several days following the shooting. Kagezi was leading the prosecution in the High Court against the perpetrators of the al-Shabab twin bombings, which took place in July 2010 during the World Cup finals, killing 74 people and injuring another 70. Kagezi was intended to lead a witness in a testimony about how the explosives were both assembled and brought to Kampala.
At the time of her murder, Kagezi was the acting deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of Uganda, and head of prosecutions at Uganda’s International Crime Division of the High Court; responsible for international crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, terrorism and trafficking in persons.
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