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7/11 Kampala Terrorist Suspects Announce Hunger Strike


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The twelve have now served notice of their intention to go on a hunger strike beginning next Monday.

The six men who were arrested by the Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in Nairobi and Mombasa and another Kenyan extradited from Tanzania have been in remand custody since then, awaiting hearing of a constitutional application they filed in the Ugandan Constitutional Court in September 2011 challenging their trial which was then stayed to await the outcome of the application.

Together with four Ugandans and a Tanzanian the Kenyans are jointly charged with, they are now accusing the state of deliberately delaying the hearing of the petition and stonewalling to ensure their prolonged detention without being tried.

Prosecution contends that the 12 suspects masterminded and executed the July 11, 2010 Kampala terrorist bombings that left over 79 people dead and scores injured.

Dozens had their limbs and arms amputated in the deadly attack that plunged the nation into untold grief.

The suspected terrorists are: Omar Awadh, Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Mogandu, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman, Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia, Habib Suleiman Njoroge and Seleman Hijar Nyamanndondo.

They were indicted with Ugandan suspects who include Isa Ahammed Luyima, Edris Nsubuga, Hassan Haruna Luyima, Abubakari Batemyetto, Muhamoud Mugisha and Muzafar Luyima.

Efforts to challenge their as “illegal” were resisted by the East African Court of Appeal Justice which ruled that they were “legally detained in Uganda.”

The court said it was not proper to refer to the suspects’ incarceration as unlawful detention.

“That it was not proper because they went before the courts of Kenya upon their arrest and currently are before the competent courts in Uganda duly indicted and awaiting trial,” the EACJ ruled in 2013.

However, in an open letter addressed to authorities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania sent out of the prison this week the detainees stated: “We have been subjected to both physical and psychological torture since our ordeal started under solitary confinement in Luzira Prison. This has not made our situation any better.

Since we lodged our petition in 2011 the state has been extenuating (sic) and evasive in its obligation to grant us a fair hearing: that there was lack of quorum at the appellate court, lack of funds and citing death of judges among other reasons (sic).”

They claim that their efforts to have the hearing expedited or to be granted bail pending the determination of the cases have been frustrated by the state and the only time they had been set to appear in court for the hearing of the constitutional matter last October 17 it was called off in unclear circumstances which have not been explained to them or their lawyers to date.


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