Tuesday July 11 2017

Court assessors tell judge to acquit Muslim clerics of murder, terrorism

The former Tablique leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga

The former Tablique leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga (C) and other suspects in court on Tuesday. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa 

By Anthony Wesaka and Juliet Kigongo

The three court assessors in the Muslim clerics’ trial have advised the International Crimes Division of the High Court to acquit all the 14 suspects including the former Tablique leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga of all charges.
The clerics are facing several charges including murder and terrorism.

The assessors, whose opinion was read out by Robert Lubega Sseguya, in summary told court on Tuesday that prosecution failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt that the charges of terrorism, two counts of murdering sheikhs; Mustafa Bahiga and Ibrahim Hassan Kirya and the charge of attempted murder were committed by the suspects.

"We therefore advise court that all the accused persons be acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence," assessor Lubega advised court
Other court assessors were; Ahmed Dumba and Judith Muhairwe.
To that effect, lead judge Ezekiel Muhanguzi set August 11 to give his final verdict.
The assessors’ opinion is however not bidding on the judges as they can agree with or depart from it.