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Ogwang v. Uganda
Uganda Court of Appeal
 UGCA 82 (2018)
Second Lieutenant Ambrose Ogwang (defendant) deserted his unit, robbed civilians, took civilian hostages, and shot a civilian policeman. The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Act, 2005, gave the Ugandan military courts jurisdiction to hear all crimes committed by a servicemember, including civilian crimes. Under this law, Ogwang was tried by a military court for his civilian crimes and convicted of murder. Ogwang appealed the conviction. On appeal, Ogwang argued that it was unconstitutional for military courts to exercise general subject-matter jurisdiction over all crimes committed by servicemembers because military courts were not independent courts.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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