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Sheikh Kamoga Appeals Life Imprisonment

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Sheik Yunus Kamoga in court

Jailed Tabliq Leader, Amir Umar Mohammed Yunus Kamoga has petitioned the Court of Appeal seeking to challenge the life imprisonment that was handed to him by the International Crimes Division (ICD) Court on Tuesday this week.

Sheikh Kamoga, the former leader of the Muslim Tabliq Sect was jointly convicted with five other Sheikhs; Siraje Kawooya, Murta Mudde Bukenya, Fahad Kalungi, Yusuf Kakande alias Abudalla and Abdul Salam Sekayanja.

The Court sentenced Sheikhs; Kamoga, Kawooya, Bukenya and Kalungi to life imprisonment while Sheikhs Kakande and Sekayanja were jailed for thirty years.

On the other hand, eight others were found innocent on old charges.

On turning to the charge of terrorism, Justice Percy Tuhaise who read out the verdict on behalf of others on this offense, in analysis, found the six guilty of ingredient of threatened murder.

Other Justices are Ezekiel Muhanguzi and Jane Kiggundu.

The 14 had been accused of having indiscriminately intimidating terrorist acts, maiming against Sheikh Haruna, Ssonko Najib, Bahiga, Umar Swadiq, Kirya, Mahmood Kibaate, and Prince Kassim Nakibinge.

In the notice filed before the Court of Appeal, the six convicts said that they are dissatisfied with part of the decision of three justices.

Through their lawyers of Muwema and Company Advocates, the convicts said that they intend to appeal against the judgment.

“The purpose of this letter is therefore to request for a typed copy of the judgment and the record of proceedings to enable our clients expeditiously institute their appeal,” reads a notice filed on August 23 this year.

The law:

The offence of terrorism (1) Subject to this Act, any person who engages in or carries out any act of terrorism commits an offence and shall, on conviction – a) be sentenced to death if the offence directly results in the death of any person; in any other case, be liable to suffer death.

Under Section 7 (2) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, A person commits an act of terrorism who, for purposes of influencing the Government or intimidating the public or a section of the public and for a political, religious, social or economic aim, indiscriminately without due regard to the safety of others or property.

Section 9 provides for Establishment of terrorist institutions where any person who establishes, runs or supports any institution for promoting terrorism; publishing and disseminating news or materials that promote terrorism; or training or mobilising any group of persons or recruiting persons for carrying out terrorism or mobilising funds for the purpose of terrorism; commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction, to suffer death.

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