Justice Eva Luswata confirmed the charges against the accused after ascertaining that prosecution has sufficient evidence to sustain 20 charges against them during trial. The charges include among others terrorism, murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and their involvement with ADF, a terrorist group.
Jamil Mukulu the former leader of Allied Democratic Forces , ADF.
The International Crimes Division of High Court
has committed Jamil Mukulu, the former Commander of the rebel Allied Democratic
Forces-ADF and 37 others for trial on terror related charges.
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
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.
Justice Eva Luswata confirmed the charges against the accused after
ascertaining that prosecution has sufficient
evidence to sustain 20 charges against them during trial. The
charges include among others terrorism, murder,
attempted murder, aggravated robbery and their involvement with ADF, a
According to the indictment before court,
between 2011 and 2014, the accused persons under the command of Mukulu acquired
firearms and trainings in neighboring countries and funding for economic, social,
political and religious reasons.
Court documents show that the Directorate of Public Prosecution will at the trial
stage tender in court evidence in form of literature, statements made by the
accused at various Police Stations, explosives, ammunition and guns among
others to pin the suspects on the charges.
Court also heard that the accused persons raided Muslims
communities most especially those that they disagreed with on particular
matters, such as where to face while conducting prayers. Some of the Muslim leaders purportedly killed by the group include Sheikh Yunus Mandanga and Dakitoor Muwaya, the top Shia
cleric in the country who was gunned down at his home in Mayuge District.
suspects also reportedly raided Bugiri Police Station where two police officers
namely Karim Tenywa and Muzamir Babale were killed. In the four hour ruling read by the International Crimes
Division Registrar Stellah Antiku, Justice Luswata noted that the accused
persons instilled fear in the public because of political and religious
Although Mukulu's lawyers including Evans
Ochieng and Luyimbazi Nalukoola were in court, he stood up and requested the
Registrar for a typed and certified copy of the ruling, saying he is going to
appeal against their committal and confirmation of the charges against him.
Mukulu noted that after his extradition from Tanzania in
2015, he spent 14 months at the infamous Nalufenya Police Facility where he was
tortured and went on to name some Police officers who reportedly tortured him.
He was advised to file a formal application
through his lawyers. This implies that the accused persons will now
go back to Luzira Prison on remand until a panel of three Judges of
International Crimes Division is constituted to try them at a later date.
Mukulu and his accomplices were arrested from
various places in Uganda and Tanzania between 2014 and 2015 on charges dating
back to 1998 when suspected ADF rebels attacked Kichwamba Technical Institute
and killed more than 80 students.