Kamoga’s bail hearing date set

By Sania Babirye
The Court of Appeal has set 18th of May 2018 to rule on the bail application filed by the convicted a d jailed for life  Tabliq muslim sect leader Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga.
This is after justice Christopher Madrama concluded hearing of the bail application this afternoon in which 66 year old Sheikh  Kamoga wants to be temporally released pending hearing if his appeal in which he is challenging both his conviction and life sentence on verbal terrorism charges.
His lawyer Roberts Kagolo has told court that his client is  of an advanced age of 66 and needs special palliative care for severe Hypertension,  Ulcers and gross obesity which can expose him to cardiac complications.
Kagolo further submitted that  has added that those conditions can not be managed by Luzira prison and there is  a likely hood of delay in the court of Appeal to dispose off his client’s appeal because the courts arr too busy.
Kagolo also claims that says his client’s appeal has a high chance  of succeeding because  state failed to place him at the murder scenes of both since none  of the prosecution witnesses placed  his client at the scenes of murder of the 2 sheikhs; Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya  and therefore its fair and just  to temporarily release Kamoga  from prison.
Sheikh Kamoga has presented 7 surities including Former Makindye west MP Hajji Hussein Kyanjo, Imam  Iddi Kasozi a lecturer at IUIU, Sheikh Suleman Kakeeto a Muslim scholar and a one Musa Nanfumb his brother  as an assurance that he will return back to court and prosecute his appeal .
However the DPP through state attorney Lillian Omara has opposed Kamoga ‘s bail application on grounds that his old age can not withstand prison conditions, there is a likely hood that the sheikh will abscond because he is charged with a grade offense and he is serving a grave a punishment .
The bail application comes  after Kamoga challenged both his terrorism conviction and life time imprisonment that was handed to  him by the international crimes division of the high court in july 2017

In July 2017, three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by justice Eziekel Muhanguzi setenced Kamoga and 5 others to life imprisonment and 30 years in Luzira prison after convicting each of them of verbal terrorism.

The group was however acquitted of murdering rival sheikhs Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan

Sheikh Yunus Kamoga to explain himself regarding Muslim clerics mysterious murders

The International Crimes Division of the High Court (ICD) has ruled that Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, the leader of the Tabligh sect and 13 other people, on trial for the murder of Muslim clerics, have a case to answer.

A panel of three justices led by Ezekiel Muhanguzi unanimously agreed that prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to warrant defence from the accused persons.  The other members of the panel are Jane Kiggundu and Percy Tuhaise.

The 14 suspects and others still at large are accused of directing systematic attacks against the top Shia leader and Tabligh Muslims, which several clerics were killed.

Prosecution led by the Principle senior State Attorney Lino Anguzu has so far produced 36 witnesses pinning the accused. The last four witnesses however gave their statements in camera on request of prosecution.

“Court has been convinced by the testimony of the prosecution witnesses, and therefore found a prima facie case against all the 14. They therefore have a case to answer,” read the ruling.

Prosecution alleges that the acts of the accused persons caused the death of Bahiga Mustapha, who was shot dead at Bwebajja along Entebbe Road; Sheikh Abdulqadir Muwaya, who was shot in Mayuge District and Ibrahim Hassan Kirya, who was killed in Bweyogerere, a suburb of Kampala.

They are also accused of indiscriminately involving themselves in the attempted murder of Umar Swadiq, Mahmood Kibaate, Haruna Jemba, Ssonko Najib and Prince Kassim Nakibinge.  The crimes were allegedly committed between December 2013 and June 2015 in Kampala, Wakiso and Mayuge districts.

Those on trial include Sheikh Muhammad Yunusu Kamoga, Siraje Kawooya, Sekayanja Abdulsalaam alias Kassim Mulumba, Sematimba Abdulhamid Mubiru, Jingo Rashid, Sekitto Twaha, Kakande Yusuf alias Abdallah and Sheikh Murtadha Mudde Bukenya.

The others are Hakim Kinene Muswaswa, Amir Kinene, Sheikh Kalungi Fahad, Hamuza Kasirye, Musa Issa Mubiru and Iga George William alias Hamuza.

Earlier in the trial, a prosecution witness told the International Crimes Division of the High Court (ICD) that the late Mustafa Bahiga called out the name of Kamoga several times in his dying moments and kept asking why he had chosen ‘that path’.

Her evidence seemed to be pinning Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, the leader of the Tabliq sect, one of the 14 suspects facing trial for masterminding attacks against senior Muslim clerics across the country.

Another witness, Dr Haruna Jjemba, a lecturer of Religion and Peace at Makerere University told the same court that the tension within the Muslim fraternity arose when Sheikh Kamoga refused to hand over the office of Amir Ummah after he was relieved of his duties by the Executive Committee of Jamiatul-Dawah Assalafiyah, a religious movement for propagating Islam.

Dr Jjemba told court that Kamoga had been accused of insubordination to the views and concerns of the executive committee, creation of small groups to fight each other, registering his personal organisation called UMMAH house and forcefully taking over the administration of different mosques.

Because of the differences that had emerged among themselves, Dr Jjemba told court that after some time, he and a group of other Muslims including the two slain leaders Mustafa Bahiga and Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, decided to break away from Sheikh Kamoga’s leadership.

 

 

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The trial date has been set.

By Sania Babirye

The High court has set the 17th of October to start the trial of 14 suspects charged with the murder of Muslim clerics.

The case will be heard by a panel of three judges of the International crimes court including Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percey Tuhaise and Jane Kiggundu .

The 14 men are charged with the murder of sheikhs Mustafa Bahiga and Ibrahim Hassan Kiirya. They are also facing terrorism charges. They committed the offenses between 2014 and 2015

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COURT: THE KILLING OF MUSLIM CLERICS

Sheikh Yunus Kamoga  and 29 others  have denied charges related to killing Muslim clerics in the country.

The group appeared today before justice Duncan Gaswaga  of the high court who formerly charged them  with terrorism of the international crimes, murder, crimes against humanity and aiding  Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebels.

Prosecution alleges that the suspects killed Muslim clerics including Sheikhs Mustapha Bahiga, Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, Abudul Muwaya nd Abdul Wafula.

They committed the alleged offenses between June 2014 and 2015. The State today submitted in three files containing evidence implicating them and further informed court that it will also tender a Laptop and motorcycle that were allegedly used in the killings in the next one week.


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