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Former International boxer Justin Juuko & Colleague freed

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KAMPALA: The army has this evening released without charge, former international boxer Mr Justin Juuko, after almost 19 days in detention, Daily Monitor has learnt.

Justin Juuko, also known as “The Ugandan destroyer,” and a colleague, Mr Garypo Mayanja were arrested by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence on offences of treachery contrary to Section 129(C) of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Act and illegal possession of firearms contrary to Section 3(1) and (2) (a) of the Firearms Act.

Mr Juuko was due to be arraigned in the General Court martial but his lawyer, Mr Justinian Katera told this website the court had exercised its discretion to withdraw the charges pending further investigation.

The military prosecutors allege that the 48-year old who is a resident of Nabbingo in Wakiso District and a member of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party was found training and mobilising youth groups from Kyengera, Kamengo, Lukaya, Masaka, Kyabakuza and Lyantonde on how to use martial arts, small arms like pistols and Sub Machine Guns and catapults against Ugandans after January 14, 2021, presidential election.

It is also alleged that Juuko was found with a numberless Star Pistol with seven rounds of ammunition which he was using it to train the said groups of youth yet the said pistol is ordinarily a monopoly of the Defense Forces. All the crimes were reportedly committed in Kyazanga, Lwengo District.

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