DWS denies profiteering from African death sentence case

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has been accused of profiteering from political oppression in a case involving the prosecution of an opposition politician in Uganda.

DWS associate firm Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) has been hired by the Ugandan government to prosecute Kizza Besigye, leader of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and 22 others on treason charges.

Treason carries the death penalty in Uganda.

Beti Kamya, FDC special envoy, told The Lawyer: “This is a case of political oppression. Besigye is a prisoner of conscience.

“There are three things that we want to investigate: whether a company operating under British laws can prosecute a death penalty case; whether DWS should profit from this case; and whether they’re happy to engage in a case that is in violation of international human rights.”

FDC is planning to take its complaints to the Law Society and the British Government.

It is understood that the KAA lawyers have been hired at a cost of 2.5bn Ugandan shillings (£700,000).

A spokesperson for DWS categorically denied that the firm was involved in the case.

“All the firms in DWS’s African network are independently registered and the firm does not hold any equity in, have revenue or profit- sharing arrangements with, [this firm],” he said.