By UG Reports

KAMPALA: Police in Kampala have this afternoon arrested lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi after a recent court order.

The High Court in Kampala has sentenced lawyer Male Mabirizi to 18months imprisonment over contempt of court.

However, the lawyer has been on the run since last week but according to the Kampala Metropolitan deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the controversial lawyer was arrested in Banda.

“He was got from Banda, Kyambogo as he was entering the university. He is currently detained at Jinja road police stations,”Owoyesigyire said.

“Whereas Male Mabirizi has been found liable in contempt of a court order, this is to command you to arrest and deliver the said person to prison mentioned in the committal warrant with immediate effect,” the arrest warrant issued by the High Court on February 15 read in part.

The warrant was addressed to all officers of the Uganda Police Force wherever they are.
Last week Justice Musa Ssekaana issued an order directing the arrest of the lawyer over contempt of court.

Recently, the court ordered to pay a fine of shs300 million over contempt of court but the state has since accused him of continued attacks against judicial officers.

Justice Ssekaana last week said Mabirizi has never presented himself nor filed any affidavits to defend himself over the accusations despite being summoned over the same. The judge said the only option was sending him to prison.

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