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Former cop sues govt for unlawful dismissal, wants Shs60m compensation

By Our Reporter

A police officer wants government to pay him Shs60 million as compensation for unlawful dismissal.

Gregory Mugisha has lodged a case against the Attorney General tin the Civil Division of the High Court seeking to be paid special damages for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and wrongful dismissal from employment as a police officer.

Mugisha avers that on January 29, 2008 he was appointed as a cadet assistant superintendent October 24, 2011 when he was wrongfully terminated.

He is being represented by lawyers of Tumusiime, Kabega and Company Advocates.

Court documents further show that Mugisha received a complaint concerning a United States Treasury Cheque number in the names of Bayes Nyakundi with a face value of about Shs420million.

Mugisha narrates that on handing to them the cheque, it was alleged that it was not only false but also had no cancellation stamp thus leading to his arrest and arraignment before the Anti-Corruption Court that found him guilty of the offences of neglect of duty and uttering a false document.

The cop was then sentenced to a jail term of three and two years respectively which he appealed and consequently the Court of Appeal quashed his sentence and conviction on grounds that the cheque had changed hands for a number of days which could have been taken by another person.

Through his lawyers, Mugisha alleges his prosecution was malicious and in total abuse of police standing orders since he was never accorded a fair hearing.

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