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Jamil Mukulu Demands Formal Extradition Documents :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Jamil Mukulu Demands Formal Extradition Documents

Jamil Mukulu, Abdallah Omar and Muhammad Matovu, with whom they were arrested in Tanzania, are demanding that a formal procedure with details of their extradition be availed to ascertain whether the charges tehy faced in Tanzania are the same as the ones they are facing in Uganda.
Jamil Mukulu in white being guided on where to sit by Prison Officers.

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Jamil Mukulu, the former commander of the Allied Democratic Front-ADF is demanding the production of formal procedures leading to his extradition from Tanzania to Uganda.

Mukulu has been in detention since April 2015 when he was arrested in Tanzania and later extradited to Uganda. He is jointly charged with 37 others, with terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, belonging to a terrorist organization and crimes against humanity, among others.

The accused persons were arrested between 2014 and 2015 from various places in Uganda for charges dating as far back as 1998 when suspected ADF rebels attacked Kichwamba Technical Institute and killed more than 80 students as well as the killings of Muslim clerics and two police officers who were shot dead in Bugiri in 2015.

The suspects were later in 2017 committed to the International Crimes Division of High Court, where a pre-trial conference is now ongoing to help the parties to discuss and resolve some of the legal issues.

However, Mukulu, Abdallah Omar and Muhammad Matovu, with whom they were arrested in Tanzania, are demanding that a formal procedure with details of their extradition be availed to ascertain whether the charges tehy faced in Tanzania are the same as the ones they are facing in Uganda.

The request was presented at the pretrial hearing by their lawyers Evans Ochieng and Nalukoola Luyimbazi saying they need to prove that the documents which resulted into the extradition were in conformity with the indictment against Mukulu and others.

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The lawyers also asked the court to translate the charge sheet into Luganda, a local dialect that the accused persons may understand what exactly they are being accused of. But, Justice Eva Luswata dismissed the request on grounds that the accused have had enough time of translation both at the committal stage and during the pre-trial session.

Meanwhile, the Principal State Attorney Rachael Bikhole said the prosecution had successfully shared all exhibits to be used in the trial with the defence team, save for Asuman Basalirwa, and Wandera Ogalo who could not be physically reached.

The other defence lawyers, Evans Ochieng, Caleb Alaka, Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, Luyimbazi Nalukoola, and the Victims Counsel Jackeline Namazzi had been served, according to a report presented before the court. The lawyers equally noted that there is a tremendous progress on the pretrial conference. 

Apart from the statements that were recorded at various police stations in Uganda by the suspects and witnesses, there was no mention of the other exhibits the prosecution intends to use in the case on grounds that this is not the right time.

Justice Luswata adjourned this matter to September, 18 for further Conferencing.

The other suspects facing trial with Mukulu include 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.

The 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.