Free At Last: DPP Drops Charges Against ACP Bakaleke


Siraje Bakaleke

By Our Reporter

ACP Siraje Bakaleke is now a free man after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropping all charges against him on Monday.

Police has since last year been investigating allegations of Bakaleke and six other police officers involving in extortion of Shs 1.5 billion from two South Korean nationals.

While paying tribute to former Buyende DPC, Muhammad Kirumira at Old Kampala mosque in September last year, Bakaleke told mourners that he would be the next police officer to be felled by an assassin’s bullet, before disappearing from public view days later.

The Police officer has been accused of abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud, kidnapping with intent to confine a person and conspiracy to commit a felony, before the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court.

On April 25 this year, Police in the warrant of arrest appealed to the public for information leading to the arrest of its fugitive Assistant Commissioner.

However, on Monday, Harriet Angom, the state prosecutor, informed Court that: ”the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to discontinue all the proceedings against the accused persons.”

Bakaleke’s whereabouts remain unknown and it is not clear whether he will avail himself now that charges against him have been dropped.

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