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Court frees Muslim terrorism suspects

DPP drops treason charges against 19 Muslim suspects who have been on remand at Luzira prison since 2014. close treason case against Muslim suspects (COURTESY PHOTO)

KAMPALA: The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has in a March 23 letter dropped treason charges against 19 Muslim suspects who have been on remand at Luzira prison since 2014.

Court, however, continued to hear the case until the DPP told presiding High Court judge Wilson Masalu Musene that he is no longer interested in prosecuting the suspects and asked they be set free.

While presenting the letter to court on Monday May 7, state prosecutor Thomas Jatiko also dismissed fears that the suspects will be re-arrested as mere speculation.

Justice Masalu went ahead to dismiss the case and free the suspects despite court having heard testimony of 9 witnesses.

Aisha Nakasibante, a sister in-law to cardiologist Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi escorted by Prisons Officers (COURTESY PHOTO)

The 19 suspects include a woman Aisha Nakasibante, a sister in-law to Ugandan Austrian based cardiologist Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi .

They have been facing two counts of treason and concealment of treason in which prosecution had alleged that they contrived a plot to over throw the government of Uganda by use of firearms between years 2013 and 2015 at various places in Uganda , Dubai , Kenya and Tanzania.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita (COURTESY PHOTO)

Prosecution further stated that the accused expressed this plot through utterances , recruitment and training of rebels, acquiring satellite mobile phones for communication, motorcycles and vehicles for transport and also rented houses to act as safe houses to accomplish their mission.

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