Her worship Harriet Ssali Nalukwago, the Deputy Registrar of the International Crimes Division of the High Court says prosecution sought more time to adequately prepare its case as they embark on the full trial. She says the judges have now set February 18th as the day the first prosecution witness will start testifying against Kwoyelo in a trial expected to last two years.
Kwoyelo will tomorrow Monday September 24th, 2018 appear before a panel of three Judges of the International Crimes Division to answer 93 charges against him that were confirmed at a pretrial stage by Justice Susan Okalany on August, 30th ,2018.
Another scheduled confirmation hearing that was due to take place today flopped after lawyer Charles Dalton Opwonya informed the court that the defence team was not ready to proceed in the absence of their colleagues Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng. The two lawyers have reportedly missed the last three sessions without any communication.
Charles Kamuli, a representative of the DPP informed court president over by justice Lydia Mugambe that they intend to adduce 113 witnesses to prove their case against Kwoyelo. Kamuli further told court that witnesses will be protected under the available witness protection mechanisms. This also includes the use of pseudonyms, masking witnesses and testifying in judges chambers where needed.
The Supreme Court has ordered for the trial of former Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel commander Thomas Kwoyelo. The Attorney General had appealed to the Supreme Court against a Constitutional Court decision that Kwoyelo had a right to receive amnesty like other former LRA rebels under the Amnesty Act.
The committee chairperson Milton Muwuma says they are going to meet returnees including former combatants in the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels during consultations. In May 2012, Internal Affairs Minister Hillary Onek signed a statutory instrument repealing Section II of the Amnesty Act 2000 that guaranteed amnesty to rebels who renounce rebellion and return home.
Kwoyelo is currently fighting for his rights to liberty against the government of Uganda, arguing that he is being held illegally after the constitutional court ordered his release. But the Gambian-based continental body has indicated that it will decide on Kwoyeloâ€™s complaint of illegal detention by the Ugandan government at its next extra ordinary sitting next month.
Thomas Kwoyelo, a former commander of the rebel Lordâ€™s Resistance Army has asked the African Court on Human and Peopleâ€™s Rights to intervene and end his current detention by the Ugandan government despite earlier court rulings ordering his release.
The Archbishop of Gulu John Baptist Odama has appealed to Government to reverse the decision it took last week to suspend the blanket amnesty law and replace it with a limited opportunity of amnesty for only a few special cases.
Former Lordâ€™s Resistance Army rebel commander Thomas Kwoyelo has asked court to summon the Director Public Prosecutions Richard Buteera to show cause why he should not be arrested for refusing to give him amnesty certificate despite a court order on the matter.
High Court Judge, Vincent Zehurikirize has ordered the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the Amnesty Commission to process the certificate of Thomas Kwoyelo, the former Lordâ€™s Resistance Army rebel commander.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has finally replied an application for amnesty by Thomas Kwoyelo, the former LRA rebel commander. However, the response to an application Kwoyelo submitted in May 2010 is short of what he expected.
The confusion surrounding Kwoyeloâ€™s freedom status begun last Friday when after a court ruling ceasing his prosecution, he was instead handcuffed and whisked away in a prisons car to Luzira prison where he has remained on remand despite the ruling.
Free or not? This is the question everyone at the High court in Gulu today was left battling to answer following a ruling by the International Crimes Division of the High Court stopping the trial of former LRA rebel commander, Thomas Kwoyelo.