Uganda: Judge says will Release Terror Suspects if State Fails to Produce Evidence

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A High Court judge in Uganda, presiding over the case in which eight Somali nationals are accused of aiding and abetting the Islamist militants Al-shabab to carry out a second bomb attack in the capital Kampala has warned that she will release the suspects if the state is not ready to prosecute them.

Justice Elizabeth Nyahamya of the International Crimes Division was moved by the defense lawyers’ submission objecting to further adjournment as sought by the prosecution to December 15, 2016, saying they were finalizing on a series of collaborative evidence against the terror suspects.

Defense lawyer argued that the suspects who include Mohamed Abdulkadir Hirsi alias Mohamed Abdul Aziz Adan, Abdi Abdullahi Bootan, Hassan Abduwali Mohamoud, Mohamed Ahmed Gele, Yusuf Osman Hussein, Abdi Ali, Abdul Kadir Mohamed Mohamud Sandir and Mohamad Yusuf Farah have been on remand for two years and that they were committed for trial on April 18, 2015 when the state claimed it had completed its investigation into the case.

The Judge asked prosecution to “commit on the date when we shall start hearing the case”.

“I will not give deadline but if you will not be ready by that time (December 15), then it will mean you don’t have any evidence against the suspects and therefore I will be compelled to release them,” she added.

The suspects were arrested in September 2014 from a Hotel in Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb after a tip off by residents to police that the accused were allegedly coordinating activities and rendering support to Al-shabab/al-Qaeda.

Source: Daily Monitor