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Five 2010 Bombing Suspects Charged with Terrorism

The five were immediately rearrested and have since remained in detention. Today, they were charged afresh with terrorism and conspiracy to commit terror acts. They appeared before Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli.
The suspects appearing before International Crimes Division of High Court
Five suspects, who were re-arrested after being acquitted of participating in the 2010 bombings in Kampala, have been arraigned in court on fresh charges. 

The suspects include Abubaker Batemyetto, Dr Ismael Kalule-the former Imam of Ntinda mosque, a Kenyan Human Rights activist Owadi Omar Wadi, and two brothers; Yahaya Mbuthia Suleiman and Muhamad Hamid Suleiman.

These five were part of the 14 suspects arrested after the 2010 bombing which claimed more than 70 revelers at Kyaddondo Rugby grounds and Ethiopian Village Restaurants in Kabalagala. They had been acquitted in 2016 by High Court Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo in 2016, on the ground that there was no evidence linking them to the crime.

Nine of their colleagues, who were convicted in the trial, were sentenced to punishments between 35 years in jail and life imprisonment. One of them was sentenced to community service.

But the five were immediately rearrested and have since remained in detention. Today, they were charged afresh with terrorism and conspiracy to commit terror acts. They appeared before Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli.

Prosecution now alleges that between February 2012 and March 2016, the accused persons were found with written information and some other literature aiming at promoting terrorism. They were reportedly planning to attack Jinja town once they are released.

Today, the Principal State Attorney Lino Anguzu informed the court that they had already shared exhibits with defence lawyers. The exhibits, according to Anguzu, include police reports, search certificates and medical reports of the suspects among others.

However, Evans Ochieng, the lawyer representing the accused persons, said that he had received a small unsatisfactory file of the exhibits. He further noted that if the state has no preliminary objections to make, as a defense, they also do not have any issues to raise at this moment.

Ochieng later asked the court to grant one of the accused, Yahaya Sulaiman Mbuthia permission to access better health care outside Prison services specifically at the Uganda Heart Institute. He noted that Yahaya is battling heart and liver diseases and needs special health attention.

The pretrial Judge Oguli without hesitation ordered the prison authorities to take him to the hospital for treatment. She adjourned the matter to September 4, 2018, for the pretrial hearing to commence at the International Crimes Division.

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