Two Kenyans charged for terror attack in Uganda to be further interrogated

09:06, September 25, 2010      

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Two Kenyans charged in an Ugandan court for the July 11 terror attack in Kampala have been transferred from prison to police cells for further interrogation following the discovery of new exhibits in Tanzania.

Prosecution led by Joan Kagezi, the senior principal state attorney, asked Nakawa Magistrate Court on Friday that Al-Amin Kimathi, a human rights activist, and Omar Awadh Omar, a businessman, were needed for further questioning regarding the exhibits.

Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, the defense lawyer of the two suspects, protested the application saying that prosecution had already gather evidence which it used to have his clients charged.

"We vehemently oppose the prosecution's application. It is not known in the laws in our country. When a person is charged in a competent court he is supposed to be taken away from the prosecution and deposited in a neutral site called a prison," he said.

The defense lawyer argued that if prosecution wanted more evidence it should drop the charges and then re-arrest them.

Chief Magistrate Deus Ssejjemba rejected the defense's submission, noting that further interrogation is good for both parties in the interest of justice.

The two accused will appear before the same court on Oct. 8, according to the chief magistrate.

Meanwhile, the same court had on Thursday released two of the suspects remanded in connection with the July 11 bombings, in which 79 people were killed and scores injured while watching a World Cup final in the capital city of Kampala.

Ssejjemba ordered the immediate release of a Pakistan national Sheikh Zamir Naufal and his employee Dithan Peter Ntale who is a Ugandan.

Kagezi asked court to release the two because charges against them were withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions over lack of sufficient evidence implicating them.

The release of the two brings down the number of suspects to 36, who include Kenyans, Somalis, Ugandans and a Rwandese.

Source: Xinhua


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