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Judge Threatens to Release Treason Suspects

Justice Wilson Masalu Musene

A High Court judge has warned prosecution that he will set free 20 people accused of plotting to overthrow the government if it does not present witnesses pinning them to the crime in the next three weeks.

Justice Wilson Masalu Musene gave the warning yesterday after Senior Principal State Attorney Lino Anguzu failed to present witnesses again.

 “For the prosecution, we are not able to go ahead with the hearing of the case since one of the suspects has not yet taken plea and my witness I summoned is not here for security reasons,” Anguzu said.

While postponing the case to October 23, Justice Musene warned this will be the last adjournment date or else he will unconditionally release the suspects, arguing that they have spent a long time on remand at Luzira prison.

Prosecution alleges that the accused and others still at large between January 2013 and June 2015 at various places in Uganda and other countries, including Dubai, Kenya and Tanzania, are said to have connived to overthrow the government of Uganda by use of arms by training and recruitment of rebels.

Among the accused include Aisha Nakasibante, the sister in-law to Dr Aggrey Kiyingi, a Ugandan cardiologist based in Australia.

According to the evidence that prosecution intends to rely on, Dr Kiyingi over time remitted funds to Uganda through Western Union Money Transfer Service to Nakasibante and occasionally through Ibrahim Kasozi, another suspect to facilitate the achievement of his objective.

However three of these accused, who include Hakim Kinene, Amir Kinene and Sheikh Murta Mudde, were among the 14 who were recently charged, convicted and sentenced over terrorism.

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