Friday July 25 2014

Muslim cleric accused of terrorism gets bail

By Juliet Kigongo

The High Court in Kampala has granted bail to a Muslim cleric facing terrorism charges pending his trial.
Justice Wilson Musene of the High Court in Nakawa on Thursday ordered for the release of Dr Ismail Kalule of Ntinda Mosque after he paid Shs5 million bond and presenting two substantial sureties.

“A person is innocent until proved guilty and it is his constitutional right of getting bail,” the judge held adding on that “the sureties presented are substantial.’’

Dr Kalule was arrested in April at his home in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb, where he was reportedly found in possession of literature on how to manufacture bombs. He was arrested with four other people who have since been released.
Dr Kalule was one of the suspects charged with various counts of terrorism and murder following the July 11 soccer World Cup bombings in Kampala.

However, he was released in September 2011 after the Directorate of Public prosecutions (DPP) withdrew the charges against him and four other suspects.
Dr Kalule was re-arrested and is currently facing charges of alleged terrorism, an offence which on conviction attracts a maximum penalty of death.