The High Court this afternoon ended the three-day hearing of the petition seeking to annul the recently enacted security law whose debate in parliament saw the national law making body degenerate into chaos.
Led by Senior Counsel James Orengo for the first petitioner, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, the petitioners want the new law thrown out citing several violations including those touching on the Bill of Rights.
The office of the DPP, the AG and the Jubilee Alliance have opposed attempts by CORD to have the courts declare the law unconstitutional, claiming the country is experiencing extraordinary challenges in prosecuting terror suspects.
The three entities maintains the bill only targets terror suspects and have nothing to do with law abiding citizens. However, petitioners claim the bill fundamentally changes criminal procedure system in the country and is open to abuse by law enforcement agencies.
The five judge bench while admitting they the issues raised are weighty constitutional matters however declined to work within the time frame offered by the CJ and extended the deadline to February 20. The CJ had ordered the ruling to be delivered on or before February 13.