Court issues summons against accountant of the House of Representatives

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The court has ordered prison authorities to present a House of Representatives accountant, accused of plotting to murder a Portuguese citizen after the investor refused to allocate to him 10% of the shares in a gold refining company , on Friday of this week.

The directive was issued by Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi on Monday, May 20, 2024, after prison authorities failed to produce Joram Itungo in court.

On May 17, 2024, Itungo was admitted to Luzira prison after being charged with conspiracy to murder an investor, in violation of article 208 of the Penal Code Law.

Under the Penal Code Act, any person who conspires with another person to kill another person, whether in Uganda or elsewhere, commits a serious offense and is liable to a prison sentence of 14 years.

The 54-year-old denied the charges before First Grade Magistrate Rhemah Nassozi at the Kampala Town Hall Court. He is a resident of Ochieng area, Nansana township in Wakiso district.

Itungo is alleged to own a private security company called Capital Guards and Patrol Limited.

The prosecution alleges that Itungo and other people who were still at large, between October 2023 and January this year in the Kampala district, conspired with Ibrahim Eramu Echcn to kill Carlos Patricio Cohen.

What happened?

It was a normal afternoon on Saturday, August 5 last year. Cohen was carrying out his work normally at the office of his Ntinda-based gold refinery, which he set up after meeting President Yoweri Museveni when he visited Dubai to attract investors to Uganda.

The owner of the Feldstein commercial refinery, located in Ntinda, Nakawa division, suddenly received unusual visitors. Several security agents burst into his office. Among them were police officers and agents from the Headquarters of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA).

Panic set in as Cohen tried to make sense of what was happening. His office was searched and everything was turned upside down.

Cohen watched helplessly as the men ransacked his office, taking more than $52,000 (Sh196 million) and dirhams from his safe deposit box.

The victim later wrote a letter to the Inspector General of Police and copied it to President Yoweri Museveni detailing the ordeal and details of a $1 million (about Sh3.7 billion) ransom the men demanded to save him. police sources said.

murder plot

Sources also revealed that two private security guards who took charge of Cohen’s security confessed and recorded statements at the Police Criminal Investigation Directorate headquarters about a murder plot against the investor.

According to sources, the two private guards claimed that they were allegedly promised Sh30 million, plane tickets and a house abroad if they killed Cohen.

Quoting his statements, the source said; “They claimed that they revealed the murder plot to Cohen because of his generosity, citing that during the time they were guarding him, he was generous to them, including taking care of his family.”

The guards remain under the Police protection unit, according to sources.