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Acquitted Kampala Bombing Suspects Committed to High Court for Fresh Trial

The suspects include Omar Awadhi Omar, Mohammad Hamid Suleiman alias Abu Zainab, Abubakar Batematyo, Dr Ismail Kalule and Yahaya Suleiman Mbuthia.
The suspects at court in Jinja
Five Kampala Bombing Suspects, who were acquitted of terrorism charges in June, have been committed to the High Court for fresh trial.

Jinja Grade One Court Magistrate Niwaha Sharon committed the five suspects to High Court to face charges of abetting terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism. Prosecution told court that they have gathered enough evidence to prove that the five were involved in terrorism.

The suspects include Omar Awadhi Omar, Mohammad Hamid Suleiman alias Abu Zainab, Abubakar Batematyo, Dr Ismail Kalule and Yahaya Suleiman Mbuthia. They were initially charged of conspiring to carry out terrorism activities in Uganda when they participated in the July 2010 bombings at Kyadondo Rugby grounds where over 70 people were killed.

However, they were acquitted of the charges by Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo on grounds that prosecution failed to provide evidence linking them to the bombings. But they were rearrested minutes after their acquittal in what police said was for ‘their own protection'.

According to the new charge sheet, the suspects between 1st and 16th March 2016, at Luzira prison for purposes of influencing the government, alleged to have created documents and materials connected with preparations to facilitate, assist or engage co-conspirators to undertake terrorist acts on security facilities.

But the suspects' lawyer Caleb Alaka, the state is fabricating evidence against the suspects.

Eight of their colleagues were convicted of terrorism and murder. They include; Habib Suleiman Njoroge Idris Magondu, Mohammed Ali Muhammed, Issa Ahmed Luyima, Hajjir Nyamandondo, Hassan Hussein Agade, Hassan Haruna Luyima, Muzafar Luyima and

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