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Uganda: Police Discharges 9 Co
THE Police disciplinary committee has recommended the discharge of nine officers from the force for allegedly extorting money from the public.

Police said the officers were also discharged because of theft, drunkenness and absenteeism. The nine officers are among the 13 policemen, who were arrested last week and detained at CPS for extortion.

"The Police disciplinary court recommended them for discharge. But the Inspector General of Police has the final decision," the Regional Police Commander Kampala Extra, Mr Grace Turyagumanawe, said.

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Australia: Judge may have been

A NSW District Court judge says he may have been "seriously misled" by a senior police officer who testified at a drugs case linked to former crime commission officer Samuel Foster.

Foster, 43, was due to be sentenced in the NSW District Court in Sydney today on drugs and corruption charges related to his faking arrests to steal drugs and money while an officer with the National Crime Authority.

But Judge Ronald Solomon refused to proceed, saying evidence tendered in the case led him to believe witnesses had given false testimony relating to one of Foster's co-accused, Baljeet Dhadlie.

Judge Solomon sentenced Dhadlie to 18 months' prison in February this year over the same drug bust, considering evidence given by Chief Inspector Michael Fitzgerald of the NSW Police Force who claimed the offence was out of character.

After reading submissions in Foster's case yesterday, Judge Solomon said he believed the officer's evidence about Dhadlie had been false.

"I have formed the view that I may have been seriously misled by witnesses who gave evidence regarding Dhadlie, Foster's co-offender," Judge Solomon said.

"I will report my concerns to the Police Integrity Commission and all other relevant authorities.
"In light of my concerns, I would have difficulty in sentencing Foster today because of the problem of parity of sentence."

Saying it was a "matter of grave urgency", Judge Solomon ordered a transcript of police evidence to Dhadlie's sentencing hearing, as well as evidence given about him at PIC hearings which led to the current charges being laid.

He remanded Foster in custody to be sentenced on October 11.

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