Court Declines to Release Sheikh Kamoga Top story

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The judge notes in his ruling that the rights of the murder victims to get justice outweigh the rights of the suspects being released from prison.

Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Eldard Mwangusya has this morning rejected a bail application by Muslim leader Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga and his co-accused.

The Muslim leaders had asked court to grant them bail on grounds of continued detention at Luzira Prison without trail and failure by the DPP to avail the defense team the evidence that they intend to produce at the trail.

The suspects are accused of masterminding the killing of Mustafa Bahiga, the former Kampala District Amir and top Shia cleric Sheikh Abdulkadir Muwaya among others.  The duo was gunned down in a similar manner in December 2014, in Kampala and Bugiri district respectively. 

In his ruling this morning, Justice Eldard Mwangusya agreed with prosecution that the suspects are facing serious charges and cannot be released. The judge noted that the rights of the murder victims to get justice outweigh the rights of the suspects being released from prison.

He concurred with prosecution that the matter should be fixed for a speedy trial.
The judge's ruling angered hundreds of Muslims who had thronged the court hoping to witness the release of their leaders.
 
The angry Muslims stormed out of court chanting Allah Akbar and led a procession to William Street Mosque interrupting the flow of traffic along the busy Kampala-road.

The other suspects are Siraje Kawooya, Abdulsalaam Sekayanja, Mubiru Abdulhamid Sematimba, Rashid Jjingo, Twaha Sekitto, Yusuf Kakande, Murta Mudde Bukenya and Fahad Kalungi.  The nine being represented in court by Fred Muwema, were sent back to Luzira prison as they await trail.