Crime & Investigation

Police Slap New Charges on Acquitted Terror Suspects

Police have preferred fresh charges of terrorism against five suspects who were acquitted in the long-running Kampala bombings, rx Chimp Corps report.

“This is to inform the general public that the five acquitted 2010 Kampala terror suspects, have today, Wednesday, 1st, June, 2016, been charged over fresh allegations of terrorism and related conspiracies at the Chief Magistrates Court , in Jinja district,” said police publicist Fred Enanga.

The five suspects are Omar Awadhi Omar, Mohammad Hamid Suleiman alias  Abu Zainab, Abubakaer Batemyeto, Dr Ismail Kalule and Yahaya Suleiman Mbuthia.

Enanga revealed that, while at Luzira Upper prisons, the suspects “allegedly created documents and materials connected with preparations to facilitate, assist or engage co-conspirators to undertake terrorist acts.”

The trial judge Alphonse Owiny-Dollo last week acquitted the suspects, citing lack of evidence from the prosecution linking them to the mission to bomb Kampala in 2010.

At least 79 people were killed in the blasts at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and Ethiopian Village Restaurant.

Upon being freed, police re-arrested the suspects before holding them at the special facility in Nalufenya, Jinja.

“A reinvestigation begun immediately after the hand written documents and related materials asking members to conduct hostile reconnaissance around security facilities and other vital installations, in preparation for violence, were seized and fresh evidence of the new plot that connected the suspects to the materials, recovered,” Enanga explained.

The suspects’ lawyer Caleb Alaka has since protested the re-arrest; saying it’s in contempt of a court order and violates his clients’ freedoms.

Enanga said police and sister security agencies continue to maintain vigilance to be ahead of threats of terrorism.

“We also encourage the public to always remain alert and report any suspicious activity to the police, other security personnel or local council officials for immediate attention,” he added.

Several terrorists were handed life sentences for the Kampala terror attacks.


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