State Attorney Jackeline Okwir tabled the DPP’s letter withdrawing the charges against the accused persons before the International Crimes Division Judge David Wangututsi on Thursday afternoon when the matter came up for pre-conferencing.
Frances Abodo, the Director of Public Prosecutions has withdrawn terrorism
charges against eleven people who were accused of killing Major Muhammad
Kiggundu in 2017. The suspects
are Abdulaziz Abdushakur Musoke, Sulaiman Wayaba alias Bashir Lukenge, Bashir
Nyangisho alias Abdallah Katata Byansi alias Abdallah Katata, Sulait Majid
Lukwago and Fikil Yusuf Alqaeda Abasi.
Others are Abubaker Katende alias Baker Abby Abu Kakooza, Lukia Namulondo alias
Maama Ashiraf, Malik Senabulya, Yasin Galiwango Kagwa, Usama Aula Mugozi alias
Maliwa and Asuman Musijjo alias Uthman Taata Rajahana.
The suspects have been battling charges
of aiding and abetting terrorism, belonging or confessing to belong to a
terrorist organization and referring support to a terror organization. State
Attorney Jackeline Okwir tabled the DPP’s letter withdrawing the charges against
the accused persons before the International Crimes Division Judge David Wangututsi
on Thursday afternoon when the matter came up for pre-conferencing.
presented the February 18th 2021 letter in the presence of the suspect’s
lawyers, Geoffrey Turyamusiima and Sylvia Namawejje. The accused persons didn’t
appear in court because of the restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.
after receiving the letter, Justice Wangututsi ordered the immediate release of
the accused persons from Luzira prison where they have been since they were
remanded in 2017. The suspect’s
lawyer, Turyamusiima was happy with the decision but said they sue for the torture
of their clients and also seek compensation for malicious prosecution.
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Details of the Case
alleged that between 2010 and 2017 in various districts, the accused persons
aided or abetted terrorism by mobilizing funds, purchasing commodities and harbouring recruits of the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF, a terror
organization. They reportedly did this while knowing or having reason to
believe that the support would be applied or used in preparation or commission
of acts of terrorism.
According to the charge sheets, the accused reportedly recruited, trained and
transported ADF recruits from Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is
also alleged that they belonged or confessed to belonging to ADF terror group that
had a presence in districts such as Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Jinja, Iganga,
Bugiri , Busia , Tororo, Masaka and Mbarara among others.
the summary of the case, between October and November 2016, police received
intelligence information that ADF had deployed its operatives from DRC to
coordinate with their agents in Uganda and carry out terrorist attacks
targeting high government officials, recruit members into ADF and mobilize
funds to support ADF activities among others
Records also show that on November 26 2016, the accused persons participated in
the murder of Kigundu and his bodyguard Sargent Steven Mukasa. The reports also showed that the prime suspect
Musoke was carrying out surveillance while his colleagues were also in constant
communication with seven others who are out on bail for killing former police
spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi and Kigundu.
However, the accused persons maintained their