Abaasa & Anor v Uganda (Criminal Appeal No.54 of 2016) [2018] UGSC 11 (17 April 2018)

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Criminal law
Case summary
The court considered whether the sentence of life imprisonment is 20 years for those convicts sentenced before the Tigo Stephen case and whether the sentence to a term of 35 years by the Court of Appeal was illegal. The court held that life imprisonment is for the rest of the convict’s remaining natural life as long as a convict was sentenced after January 2009. This Court has discretion to impose a life sentence in offences where the maximum penalty is death. That the scale of 20 years is for remission purposes by the Prison Authorities.

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