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Missing sureties exasperates Former LRA commander Kwoyelo’s bail hearing

Former LRA commander Thomas Kwoyelo (m) with his lawyer Mr Charles Dalton Opwonya heading to the court on Tuesday. (Photo by Racheal Agaba)

KAMPALA– The hearing of the bail application that was supposed to be heard today at the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court for the former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel commander Thomas Kwoyelo alias Latoni failed to kick up after sureties not turning up.

This was communicated to court presided over by Justice Jane Kiggundu by the defense lawyers who said that the failed to turn up as per their obligations.

The sureties included; Mr Gilberet Olanya of  Kilak South, Anthony Akol of Kilak North, Ms Lucy Akello of Amuru and Mr Lubel Olanya.

However Kwoyelo’s lawyer, Mr Charles Dalton Opwonya asked the court to give them a very short adjournment before the hearing date which set on November 12.

Kwoyelo who is charged with 93 counts which include; murder, hostage-taking, kidnap with intent to murder, pillaging, aggravated robbery, cruel treatment, violation of personal dignity, torture and rape, among others., among others has listed five grounds for his bail application.

He stated that the offences which he is charged with are bailable under the law, has a fixed place of abode at residences of his benefactors at the home of Bishop Odama in Gulu Municipality and his sureties’ homes and that his a family man with a wife and two children.

He is alleged to have committed the crimes between 1992 and 2005 when he was a military commander in the LRA and held several positions including commander of operations, director of military intelligence and being in charge of LRA sick bays.

It’s alleged that Kwoyelo while in Kilak carried out widespread killings and abductions of civilians and destruction of property.

Prosecution states that at the commencement of the trial, they will adduce evidence to prove the charges against Kwoyelo. The pieces of evidence include postmortem reports on the victims, police reports and other documents, photographs, correspondences, written statements of witnesses and newspaper extracts.

Kwoyelo was captured in the forests of Central African Republic in 2009 and has since been on remand at Luzira prison, the same place he has returned to until he appears before the trial panel.

The trial judge has adjourned the hearing of the bail application to November 15 at Gulu.

 

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