Evidence Against Lugogo Terror Suspects is Hearsay – Lawyers

Vipers coach George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe return with his team to the local scene following an unsuccessful campaign in the Caf champions league where they were eliminated just at the start by two time champions Enyimba international FC from Nigeria.

The defending champions are second on the log despite two games at hand. They accumulated 28 points, viagra approved seven behind run away leaders KCCA FC and are facing Sadolin Paints who have not a game in the second leg losing 2-1 to Soana at home before crushing 4-0 away to Express.

The game will be played at Buikwe stadium.

Aggrey Madoi is likely to start at leftback to replace Dan Bilkwalira who is out injured. Shafik Bakaki picked a knock during Thursday training so is ruled out together with Halid Lwalira.

“Sadolin is not an easy team just like any other in the league. They held us (Vipers) 0-0 in the first leg. However, we shall go  full throttle and pick maximum points,” Vipers coach George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe said adding that “We need to keep tabs with the leaders (KCCA FC) because we have to fight to defend our title.”

The painters picked their first ever point against Vipers in first leg played in mid December with the champions fielding all their stars including Farouk Miya and Keziron Kizito.

They will miss captain Peter Katumba (malaria) and Ibra Sajjabi who is injured. Goalkeeper Umar Muyanja is also unlikely to feauture after collapsing against Soana. However first choice keeper Mathias Muwanga is returning back together with Isaac Muyanga and Simon Sagare.

Sadolin coach Musafiri Abduswamadu hints that his side is charged up to the match and Vipers should expect strong challenge.  “Everyone feels its now a walkover. They are in for a shocker because after losing two consecutive games, we sat down and ironed out the issues and planted another strategy. I know after tasting the continent now they will come to defend title so they go back again, but we are ready.”

Coach Musafiri has defeated Nsiimbe twice in the league with identical 1-0 win while the coach was at KCCA FC (Oct 2014) and against Saints in December.

Head to Head
4 /Nov/14 Vipers 1-0 Sadolin

27/Feb/15 Sadolin 0-1 Vipers

15/Dec/15 Sadolin 0-0 Vipers.
Lawyers representing the 13 suspects in the July 2010 Lugogo twin blasts have asked court to dismiss charges and acquit 3 of the accused, troche for the prosecution evidence tabled against them is “mere imagination and falsehoods.”

In their summary of the case in response to the evidence tabled against their clients by the prosecution side, dosage the defense team led by Caleb Alaka, Evans Ocheng and Annet Badda said this evidence was based on lies and imaginations which the court cannot use.

The defense lawyers termed the 76 charges of murder, 5 attempted murder, terrorism and belonging to a terrorist group for each of the 3 suspects including Dr. Ismail Kalule, Abubaker Batematoy and Omar Awad Omar as baseless.

They said that the Director of Public Prosecutions had on 3 occasions arrested, acquitted  and rearrested Dr. Kalule which they insisted showed that the charges were fabricated in a bid to pin an innocent person who knew nothing about the Lugogo twin blasts.

“There is no evidence to the effect that Dr. Kalule manufactured, transported or detonated explosives and the testimonies of both Idris Nsubuga and Muhamood Mugisha talk about him after the blasts had happened,” said defense lawyer Alaka said on Friday afternoon.

In their testimonies, former Al Shabaab members and orchestrators of the attacks who are now state witness, Nsubuga and Mugisha told court that Dr.Kalule tried to secure bail for Mugisha who had been arrested before the blasts for being in possession of a fake Ugandan passport.

The defense lawyers told court that the suspect was not mentioned anywhere as being part of the plans to bomb Uganda, adding it was just speculation by the prosecutors urging the trial judge to acquit him.

Omar Awad Omar

Described, as the boss and financer of the whole operation to bomb Kampala, the prosecution earlier said Omar Awad Omar had on the fateful day travelled to Uganda to supervise the mission.

However in reply, the defense lawyers said that no police statement had been recorded to the effect of the allegations adding that there were no efforts intended to have his accounts checked to verify the charge of funding the mission.

“No evidence of request from the Ugandan government to their British counterparts was shown to the effect of evidence that Omar Awad Omar was got money from someone in the UK before distributing it for the mission,” the lawyers said.

“What was brought is not evidence but to me is hearsay and inadmissible in courts of law.”

The lawyers insisted there was no proof the money he got was used to fund terrorism activities as alleged by the prosecutors adding there is no evidence to show that Omar Awad Omar aided or was part of the mission to bomb Kampala.

Abubaker Batematoy

The defence lawyers said that being a mechanic, the prosecutors tried to link Batematoy to being part of the planners of the mission which they said is not supported by any form of evidence.

They said evidence produced showed no way the suspect was involved in planning, transportation or use of mechanical knowledge in the commission of the offence adding that  court should dismiss cases against him .

“Travelling to Uganda during the time of the blasts does not mean he was her to oversee the mission or anything similar to that. He has children and wife here and frequently moved in and out of the country for work related issues,” Evan Ochieng told court.

“We pray that court acquits him of all the charges brought against him because they are not backed by evidence.”

The trial judge Alphonse Owiny- Dollo adjourned the case to Monday, March, 8.


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