Mr. Patrick Kasaija alias Pato, the key suspect in the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara, has been extradited from South Africa, according to police.
Pato’s lawyers had until Wednesday successfully blocked his transfer to Kampala where police say he is needed to answer charges of murder for allegedly masterminding the killing of 28-year-old Magara in February 2018.
“It’s true Patrick Kasaija alias Pato, arrived this afternoon (Wednesday) upon being extradited from South Africa,” police spokesman CP Fred Enanga confirmed.
In a statement, the South African police said the suspect’s extradition is evidence that no one can commit a crime and hide in their country. They also said the move is evident of the good working relations between South Africa and Uganda.
Africa Tembelea has also learnt that Pato is currently detained at SID Kireka and has been granted access to his lawyer.
“Arrangements to interview him and also investigate his defence in the alleged murder of Susan Magara are in place. Immediately after, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for perusal and probable sanctioning,” CP Enanga said on Wednesday evening.
– Patrick Kasaija –
Kasaija, is a Ugandan Citizen whose rise to fame was as a result of owning a fleet of luxurious cars customized under the name ‘Pato’.
He was arrested on March 7, 2018, by South African police in collaboration with Ugandan security agencies ISO, ESO, and CMI.
Security agencies believe Pato flew out of the country with $200,000, which is suspected to have been the ransom that Magara’s parents paid to the killers.
However, the court in Randburg had asked the Ugandan security agencies to present enough evidence that Pato committed crimes that would call for his extradition to face trial here.
Apart from video footage of Pato passing through Entebbe International Airport, he is implicated by phone call exchanges between two other suspects Bob Kibilango and Ronald Asiimwe aka Kanyankole. Kibilango and Kanyankole were dropped from the list of suspects in April 2018 as the investigation to on a different angle.
Susan Magara, the cashier of Bwendeiro dairy farm was kidnapped on February 7, 2018 along Kabaka Anjagala road as she was driving to her home in Lungujja. She was held captive for about three weeks in February 2018 as her kidnappers negotiated with her family for a ransom.
After allegedly receiving the ransom money, the kidnappers killed Magara and dumped her body in Kitiko village between Kigo and Kajjansi along the Entebbe expressway on February 27, 2018.