Court Threatens to Dismiss Terror Cases Against Somalis

Some of the terror suspects in a previous session

The International Crimes Division Court Judge, this site Elizabeth Nahamya has threatened to dismiss the terror case against 7 Somali nationals accused of aiding and abetting the Al-Shabaab to carry out a second bomb attack on Kampala, illness in 2014.

The Lady Justice is unhappy with the way that State is dragging its feet in having this case disposed off.

This came after Prosecution’s Rachael Bikhole informed court that she was not ready to proceed with the pre-trial hearing, in which evidence is disclosed for court to confirm charges against the accused persons, until December 15th 2016.

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The seven were arrested in September 2014 from a Hotel in Kisenyi- Kampala after a tip off by residents to police. They are alleged to have coordinated activities and rendering support to Al-shabaab/al-Qaeda.

The defense lawyers led by Edwin Tabaro, claim that the accused have unfairly spent 2years on remand without being tried or released on bail. Tabaro thus asked court to dismiss the matter and set the accused persons free.

The group led by Muhammad Abdul Khadir re-applied for bail which is fixed to be heard this Thursday29th, before Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi.

They first applied to be released on bail in December 2014, but their attempt was rejected by Justice Moses Mukiibi on grounds that they had not proved any exceptional circumstances, of how their welfare will be prejudiced if left in prison until their trial is completed.

They include Muhammad Abdul Kadir, Abdul Abdulahi Botaan, Hassan Abdul Wali Mahmood, Muhamed Ahmed Cele, Yusuf Osman, AbdU Ali, Abdul Kadir and Muhammad Yusuf Farah.


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