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10 Terrorism Suspects Charged, Returned to Police Cells

The group was charged with aiding terrorism and abetting terrorism before Buganda Road Court Grade One magistrate Simon Kintu. It comprised of nine Somali nationals and one Kenyan. They are part of the 19 suspects arrested by police in a joint crack down operation by security agencies about two weeks ago in Kisenyi, Kampala.

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Ten suspected terrorists recently arrested from Kisenyi cell, a Kampala suburb have this evening appeared before court, charged but returned to the police cells for further investigations.

The group was charged with aiding terrorism and abetting terrorism before Buganda Road Court Grade One magistrate Simon Kintu.  It comprised of nine Somali nationals and one Kenyan. They are part of the 19 suspects arrested by police in a joint crack down operation by security agencies about two weeks ago in Kisenyi, Kampala.

They were identified as Mohamed Abdulkdir  Hirsi alias Mohamed Abdul Aziz Adan, a businessman, Abdi Abdullahi Bootan, a driver, Hassan Abduwali Mohamoud, 25, resident of Kisenyi, Mohammed Ahmed Gele, 28, , resident of Rubaga Road, Yasimin Abdullahi Aden, 20, a housewife, Hodan Ahmed Dahir, 23, resident of Kisenyi, Mengo.

The others are Yusuf Osman Hussein, 29, businessman, Abdi Mohamed, 29, resident of Namalwa I zone, Bukesa, and Abdul Kadir, 24, resident of Mengo Kisenyi. The Kenyan national is Mohamed Yusuf Farah, 31, a manager at Hauliers Transport, resident of Bulange, Mengo.

A Somali language interpreter explained the proceedings to the Somali nationals, as instructed by the magistrate since they did not understand English, the official language of court.

Because terrorism charges are capital in nature, the suspects were not allowed to plead to the charges. The charges were just read to them before being back to the Special Investigations Unit-SIU.

During court proceedings, the prosecution led by resident state attorney Lino Anguzu, made an application to have the suspects detained in Police custody, specifically the Special Investigations Unit located in the city suburb of Kireka.

He explained that the Police probe was in advanced stages, which necessitates constant contact with the suspects, which would be difficult if they are remanded in prison custody. Accordingly, they were returned to SIU and ordered to be brought back to Court on 7th, October. The magistrate assured them that their rights will be protected in case there are allegations of torture.

The prosecution alleges that the group between 2010 and Sept 2014 rendered support to the notorious Al-Shabab group well knowing that such support would be used to prepare the commission of terrorism acts in Uganda.

Their main aim was to strike Uganda for having sent UPDF troops in Somalia to keep the government in power, a move the terrorists want to revenge by striking.

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