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Justice Eva Luswata set the date on Tuesday after the Director of Public Prosecution informed court that they were able to sit with the defense lawyers to discuss some of the legal matters that had stalled the case.
Jailed Commander of Allied Democratic Forces, Jamil Mukulu

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The International Crimes Division of High Court has set October 18th to examine the prosecution evidence against Jamil Mukulu, the former leader of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces-ADF and 37 others.

Justice Eva Luswata set the date on Tuesday after the Director of Public Prosecution informed court that they were able to sit with the defense lawyers to discuss some of the legal matters that had stalled the case.

These included among others a demand by the defense that prosecution presents formal documents showing how Mukulu and two others were arrested in Tanzania and extradited in Uganda. The others are Abdallah Omar and Muhammad Matovu. 

The suspects told court they wanted the documents to ascertain whether the charges they were facing in Tanzania are the same they are being tried for in Uganda. On Tuesday afternoon, prosecution led by the Assistant DPP, John Baptist Asiimwe presented part of the documents including communication letters between the Attorney General of Uganda and his Tanzanian counterpart. 

The documents showed a request by the Ugandan government to Tanzania to extradite Mukulu and his co-accused to face formal charges in Uganda. They also showed the proceedings of the Tanzanian Court.

Other documents such as statements recorded by the accused persons at various police stations in Uganda had earlier been shared with the defense team as part of the exhibits prosecution intends to use in the trial. 

Asiimwe informed court that they hadn't shared some of the exhibits and evidence, which prompted the judge to order him to do before September, 26th, 2018. 

Justice Eva Luswata, said court will hear and examine evidence on October 18th, 2018 determine whether it is sufficient to sustain the charges. The Defense lawyer, Luyimbazi Nalukola told URN outside court that he is ready to persuade court that there is no charge worth pursuing against his clients. 

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The other members of the defense team area Asuman Basalirwa, Wandera Ogalo, Evans Ochieng, Caleb Alaka, Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, Luyimbazi Nalukoola, and the victims counsel, Jacqueline Namazzi. 

Mukulu and 37 others face charges of terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, belonging to a terrorist organization and crimes against humanity.

The accused persons were arrested between 2014 and 2015 from various places in Uganda and Tanzania on charges dating back to 1998 when suspected ADF rebels attacked Kichwamba Technical Institute and killed more than 80 students. 

They are also accused of murdering Muslim clerics and two police officers who were shot dead in Bugiri in 2015. The other suspects are Abdallah Sharif Ali Salim alias Mukyotala, Musa Nabangi, Adam Diin Bashiri alias Wabula, Sheikh Ahamed Rashid Wasiga, Cpl. Alex Martin Engwau, Sgt. John Owori, Sheikh Ibrahim Badru Wanjala, Amis Adam, Abdul Malik Kabaale, Muzahamu Ndifuna and Ibrahim Kyessa.

Others are:  Yakubu Kyessa, Muhammad Muruya, Abdallah Waniala, Abduswabul Kimbugwe, Muhammad Mbuya, Muhammad Kiryagana, Abdurahamani Muyaga, Muhammad Matovu, Omar Abdallah Mutuka, Amis Sowedi, Zaidi Kambo, Musa Kaala, Mansuudi Kisambira, Isa Kayira, Hassan Wasswa, Abdallah Kirwani, Daniel Wanyama, Abdul Ddungu, Robert Wandera, and Umayiya Kikomeko