Five 2010 terror suspects rearrested

Police has re-arrested the five suspects who were yesterday acquitted of terror charges resulting from the 2010 Kampala Bombing in which 76 lives were lost.

The five were acquitted of terrorism, murder and attempted murder in a judgment delivered yesterday by Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo.  They include Omar Awadh Omar, Muhamad Hamid Suleiman, Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia, Batematyo Abubakar and Dr Ismael Kalule.

The five were acquitted on ground that prosecution failed to provide evidence linking them to the bombings. Justice Dollo also dropped the charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation brought against the suspects, saying Alshabaab, which they are linked to, isn’t a designated a terror organisation in the Ugandan Law books.

However, their Lawyer Caleb Alaka told reporters in Kampala that the five were re-arrested moments after regaining their freedom and that there whereabouts are still unknown.

But State Attorney Lino Anguzu says they have other charges against the released Ugandans while arrangements are being made to send other nationals to their countries.

Police Spokesman Fred Enanga says the detention is for their safety.

Meanwhile security remains tight at the High court in Kampala as a verdict is being delivered for the eight convicts. They include Hussein Agade, Idris Magondu, Issa Luyima, Hassan Haruna Luyima, Muzafaru Luyima, Muhammad Ali Muhammad, Habib Suleiman Njoroge and Suleiman Nyamandondo.

These are men of Ugandan; Kenyan and Tanzania origin who masterminded the twin bombing of merrymaker’s who were watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain at Kyaddondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala.

Prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the convicts, on July 11, 2010, intentionally and unlawfully planned, orchestrated and discharged an explosion into Kyadondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant with intent to cause death and serious bodily injury or extensive destruction likely to or actually result into major economic loss.