The meeting never took place and Chebaya’s body was found the next day gagged and bound in the back seat of his car in the outskirts of the capital. The body of Bazana has yet to be found.
The highest-ranked police officer on trial is special investigations chief Colonel Daniel Mukalay. Three of the accused, two majors and a warrant officer, are thought to be on the run and will be tried in absentia.
Chebeya was repeatedly targeted by police after founding VSV in 1983, and he spent 10 weeks in prison in 1996.
VSV has said that Numbi is the chief suspect in his death. It has accused the government of a "denial of justice" for placing the case with a military court that does not have jurisdiction to try him.