Terror Suspects’ Hearing Called Off Over ‘Security Reasons’

Eight terror suspects on remand in Luzira prison will have to wait a bit longer before they can have their day in court.

In July 2010, Al shabaab terrorists attacked Kampala killing close to 80 people
In July 2010, Al shabaab terrorists attacked Kampala killing close to 80 people

The development comes after the court officials contacted their lawyer Duncan Ondimu and told him that the hearing slated to take place today has been called off due to ‘Security Concerns’.

The eight were expected to appear before the Constitutional Court to challenge their extradition from Kenya and Tanzania into Uganda by the security forces. Duncan Ondimu says he has been contacted by court officials who told him the hearing has been called off due to ‘security concerns’.

The eight were part of a wider group of 20 people that were arrested following the July 11th 2010 bombings in Kampala that left 79 people dead and hundreds others injured. They were then extradited to Uganda under what police called a regional understanding amongst the police forces of Kenya and Uganda.

Two Ugandans who were among the suspects pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to 25 years each while another ten were released for lack of evidence.

The accused are Omar Awadh Omar, Hussein Hassan Agade, Mohamed Adan Abdow, Idris Magondu, Mohammad Hamid Suleiman, Yahya Suleiman, Mbuthia and Habib Suleiman Njoroge all from Kenya and Tanzania. The bombs went off at Kyadondo Rugby grounds and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala as revelers watched the finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Somali-based militant group, the Al- Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack as part of their operations to punish Uganda for contributing troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia.

In a latest interview with KTN’s investigative journalist John Allan Namu, the terror suspects complained that they were bundled into cars and blindfolded before being driven to the border where they were handed over to Ugandan security forces. It is alleged that the Ugandan security forces then drove them to an unidentified military barracks. It is from there that they learnt that they were to face terror charges in Uganda.

However Interpol Director Asan Kasingye disputes the account saying the suspects were obtained under due process of East African security forces co-operation against terror. Four of the suspects have made bail applications but are awaiting court to fix a date to hear the applications.

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