Kamoga Acquitted of Murder, Convicted for Terrorism

Sheikh Yunus Kamoga and some of his co-accused before the judgement was read out

Former Tabliq Leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga has been acquitted by the High Court of Murder and Attempted murder.

Three judges of the International Crimes Court Division , read out the long awaited judgement on Monday evening.

Kamoga together with 13 others had been indicted for Terrorism, Murder and Attempted murder of fellow Muslim clerics.

They were accused of orchestrating the deaths of Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga, Sheikh Abdu Kadhir Muwaya, Sheikh Hassan Kirya and attempting to murder Sheikh Harunah Jemba.

The judges however, found Sheik Kamoga and five others guilty of Terrorism. The sentence for these charges will be determined tomorrow Tuesday.

Security remained heightened through Monday at the Kampala High Court

Security remained heightened through Monday at the Kampala High Court

The judges based this decision on evidence brought to court during trial, pinning Kamoga and others of issuing death threats to some of the the murdered Muslim clerics.

One Sheikh Harunah Jemba, who allegedly survived being murdered by Kamoga’s group told court that the convicts had sent him fliers promising to kill him.

Court also heard that Kamoga confessed to this accusation.

Meanwhile, a total of eight out of 14 suspects were found not guilty of all charges by the court and will walk home.

Those acquitted of all counts by the three judges are Amir Kinene, his brother Hakeem Kinene, Sematimba Abdul Rashid, Hamza Kasirye, Sekitto Twaha, Jingo Rashid, Musa Isa Mubiru and Yiga George William.

It should be remembered that two court assessors, who were appointed to follow this case advised court to acquit all 14 suspects of all charges, accusing prosecution of failure to prove their culpability beyond reasonable doubt.

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