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Court throws out bail application of second sheikh in terrorism case

Tabliq cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga at the Court of Appeal Friday (PHOTO By Racheal Agaba)

KAMPALA: The Court of Appeal has Friday morning thrown out the bail application of Tabliq cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga.

Sheikh Kamoga was last year sentenced to 30 years in Luzira  after the International Crimes Division of the High Court found him, alongside seven others guilty of terrorism.

Justice Christopher Madrama (FILE PHOTO)

In his ruling on Friday, Justice  Christopher Madrama maintained a stand he took last week while dismissing the bail application of another Muslim cleric Sheikh Siraje Kawooya. Justice Madrama argued that the two Sheikhs  no longer  enjoy the presumption of innocence having been convicted of a capital  offence.

The judge further  explained that since  Sheikh Kamoga was also  committed to serve the second most severe punishment to death, chances are high that he  may abscond once admitted to bail .

Court  noted that Sheikh Kamoga showed no proof when he argued that Luzira prison lacked the facilities to care for his old age, his need for special palliative care for hypertension ,  ulcers and obesity which he claimed could expose him to cardiac complications if left in the prison.

Tabliq cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga with the co-accused in court recently (FILE PHOTO)

In his appeal,  Kamoga argues that none  of the prosecution witnesses placed him at the scenes of murder of the sheikhs Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya,  and therefore its fair and just  to temporarily release him from  prison.

Justice Madrama, however, ordered that the sheikh’s appeal  be expeditiously fixed for hearing other than having them released on bail.

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