Crime & Investigation

Uganda ‘Terror Mastermind’ Luyima Convicted

Kampala High Court has convicted Issa Luyima of terrorism; with the judge saying evidence brought before court proved beyond reasonable doubt that he was the mastermind of the 2010 Kampala bombings in which over 79 people died and hundreds sustained injuries.

“I am convinced that Issa Luyima was the mastermind of the Lugogo 2010 blasts and is convicted of terrorism, order ” ruled Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo on Thursday afternoon.

Police deployed counter terrorism units and sniffer dogs outside the court premises as a security precaution.

Some roads leading to the High Court were blocked and journalists attending the session had their equipment screened.

Joan Kagezi, cheapest who was spearheading prosecution of the terrorism suspects, visit was gunned down in a Kampala suburb of Kiwatule last year.

The Judge has read charges of terrorism and its ingredients which include manufacture, discharge and detonation of explosives.

According to evidence, the explosives that killed soccer fans on the 2010 World Cup Finals at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and Ethiopian Village Restaurant were “deliberately put in public places to ensure maximum impact.”

Other suspects convicted of terrorism so far are Hussein Hassan Agade, Habib Suleiman Njoroge and Idris Magondu. This brings to three out

Suleiman Mbuthia was exonerated of terrorism.

The suspects in court are Hassan Luyima, Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Magondu, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman  and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia .

The others are Habib Suleiman Njoroge,Isa Ahmed Luyima, Abubaker Batematoy, Dr. Ismail Kalule and Seleman Hijar Nyamandondo.

Meanwhile, in a huge blow to the prosecution, the judge ruled that State failed to prove that any of the suspects belonged to a terrorist organisation.

While Al Shabaab is a self-declared ally of Al Qaeda, said the judge, for an organisation to qualify to be called a terrorist group it must be listed or with a name listed under Anti Terrorism Act.

By 2010 when offenses were committed Al Shabaab had not been gazetted as terror organisation, he ruled.

In court, most of the suspects are seen reciting the Holy Quran as the judge continues reading the verdict.


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