Thursday, February 17, 2011

Muslims arrested for terrorism were linked to an Evangelist

THE Government has withdrawn charges against the suspects who had been facing charges of terrorism, murder and attempted murder.

Released yesterday after four months of detention were Abdu Ganiu, Issa Ali Senkumba, Hassan Abdu Isaac, Isaac Gedi Godana Hussein Aliyowi Abdi and Christopher Baturaine.

Others were Abdul Aziz Ali alias Ali Ibrahim, Yunus Maganda, Abdullahi Mohamod Ahmed, Andrew Kanyoro, Wallace Mungayi and Abushiri Yusuf Muhammed.

Also released were Hassan Kassim Sallah, Abdulahi Mohamood Ismail, Abdulahi Muhamed, Abdulahi Omar Guleed alias Mutuyangu, Ismail Abubakari alias Musing Jamil and Osman Mohammed.

However, immediately after they were freed, three of them: Baturaine, a Ugandan-born pastor who operates in Kenya, Senkumba and Abdulahi Muhamed, were re-arrested by the Police and whisked to an unknown destination.

About 20 of the suspects, including eight Kenyans, opposed to the Kampala trial, were committed to the High Court.

The petition by the Kenyans has now been overtaken by what happened yesterday.

The High Court now has to set the date when it will hear the case against the accused who have been on remand since August when they were charged.

The accused are each facing 89 charges of causing the death of 76 people at Kyadondo Rugby Club and at the Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala.

Committing the accused, the Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate, Deo Ssejjemba, said suspects without lawyers would be allocated lawyers by the State.

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