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PHOTOS: Tears as Kamoga and Group Get Life Sentence

One of the relatives of the convicts was overcome by emotions
One of the relatives of the convicts was overcome by emotions

Grief filled the Kampala High Court on Tuesday evening, after four Muslim leaders who were yesterday convicted of terrorism, were sentenced to life imprisonment, while two others got 30 years.

The three justices of International Crimes Division court led by Ezikiel Muhanguzi sentenced Sheikh Sirajje Kawooya, Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, Sheikh Fahad Kalungi and Muluta Mudde Bukenya to life imprisonment.

Fahad Kalungi and Abdul Sekayanja on the other hand were given 30 years.

One of the convicts' relatives in shock after the sentence

One of the convicts’ relatives in shock after the sentence

Relatives of the convicts broke down  after the sentences were read out, while others collapsed.

 “It’s clear that this earthly court has convicted them harshly, but we know that in the heavenly court they are free people with no case” remarked one of the relatives.

A man wipes tears outside court

A man wipes tears outside the court room

The convicts were taken back to Luzira amidst tight security by Counter Terrorism Police, JATT, Prisons and other security organs.

The lead defence lawyer Fred Muwewa said it was unfair for court to harshly sentence his clients not for murdering anybody but having religious misunderstandings with fellow Muslims.

UNSHAKEN: Sheikh Kamoga waves to relatives before heading back to Luzira

UNSHAKEN: Sheikh Kamoga waves to relatives before heading back to Luzira

 He vowed to appeal against both sentence and conviction within 14 days.

“Court seems to have changed the meaning of terrorism because you can’t sentence somebody who has never killed anybody to life imprisonment. This has never happened in Uganda here and we hope that the court of Appeal which consists of 5 judges will quash both sentence and conviction” Muwema remarked.

A convoy in which the convicts were driven back to Luzira Prison


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