17 people, among them Dodoviko Mwanje, the businessman said to have been behind the demolition of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba in Lubaga Division, have been released on bail pending trial.
Six other suspects remain in prison because they did not apply for bail.
Makindye Chief Magistrates Court presided over by Ms Prossy Katushabe on Wednesday ordered each of the 17 suspects to pay Shs2 million in cash as one of the bail conditions, while each of the sureties were bonded at Shs100 million not cash.
“The accused persons shall not be allowed to leave this country without court’s permission and as such they will each deposit their passports,” Ms Katushabe ordered.
“This court takes it that the fear of the state that the accused persons will not turn up in court when released on, is just a mere speculation. What is important is the accused persons to remain within the jurisdiction of court which moves around Uganda,” the court held.