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M23 Rebels Get 2-year Jail Term for Illegal Entry

Kagoda directed the prison authorities to hand over the convicts to the Refugees Ministry once they complete serving their sentences. He also directed the Prison authorities to return Pedro Mugaga, one of the combatants to court on May 10th for the hearing of his case since he pleaded not guilty.
Moses Samuel Kagoda, the Kabale Chief Magistrate has convicted 43 M23 combatants to two year's imprisonment for illegal entry into Uganda. He also handed a 12 month sentence to six other combatants for illegal possession of firearms.

 

Kagoda delivered his judgment this afternoon, saying the accused didn't waste Court's time since they pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for mercy. He also explained that court took into account the two months' time the suspects spent on remand at Ndorwa government prison.

 

 

Kagoda directed the prison authorities to hand over the convicts to the Refugees Ministry once they complete serving their sentences.  He also directed the Prison authorities to return Pedro Mugaga, one of the combatants to court on May 10th for the hearing of his case since he pleaded not guilty.

 

He advised the convicts that they can appeal the judgment within 14 days if they are not satisfied with their sentences. Details of the case are that on February 22nd, 2017, the forty four M23 ex-combatants illegally crossed into Kisoro district. They were intercepted by security at Busanza in Kisoro.

 

During the hearing, prosecution led by Kabale Resident State Attorney, Baston Baguma told court that the suspects were found in possession of five Sub Machine Guns and one PK riffle with 160 rounds of ammunition.  38 of the suspects escaped from Bihanga army barracks while two other joined on the way.