Jane Kajuga, the spokesperson of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, says the disclosure of the evidence will enable the suspects to know what exactly they are being accused of and prepare their defense appropriately. Fred Muwema has confirmed receiving the evidence.
The Principal State Attorney, Richard Kaamuli disclosed the evidence to the defense team on Tuesday following a seven day ultimatum issued by Justice Duncan Gaswaga in the International Crimes division of High Court for the state to do so.
It came after the defense team led by Fred Muwema complained to court accusing the state of withholding the evidence it intends to use against his clients. Disclosure of evidence is a right of the accused, since it is crucial in preparing defense.
Some of the evidence provided to the defense team includes phone printouts, phones and laptop records, motor vehicles and travel documents. Jane Kajuga, the spokesperson of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, says the disclosure of the evidence will enable the suspects to know what exactly they are being accused of and prepare their defense appropriately.
Fred Muwema has confirmed receiving the evidence. He however, told URN that the defense has not yet scrutinised the evidence to determine whether it is sufficient. Hearing of the case is scheduled to kick off on June 15th. The suspects face five counts including terrorism, crimes against humanity, murder, attempted murder and supporting terrorism.
The suspects are Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the leader of Jamat Salafiya, Siraje Kawooya, Abdulsalam, Abdulhamid Sematimba, Rashid Jingo, Twaha Sekkitto, Yusuf Kakande alias Abdallah, Sheikh Murta Mudde Bukenya, Kakim Kinene Muswaswa, Muzamilu Kasawuli, Arafa Serunjoji alias Bukenya, Badru Bukenya, Alex Okot, Joseph Olanya and Amir Kenene.
Others are; Aisha Nakasibante, Charles Okidi, Sheikh Fahad Kalungi, No. RA 17029 Pte Arajab Mubaje, Issa Matanda, Hajji Abdul Ratif Byamukama, Asadu Ssemwongerere, Solomon Kibiringe, Safiyi Wadwali alaias Swafi Shafi, Hamuza Kasirye, Yusuf Sentamu, Robert Bampikye, Muhamadi Kalodo alias Kasibante, Musa Isa Mubiru, Ismail Ssentongo and Iga George William alias Hamuza.
They are accused of masterminding the killing of Mustafa Bahiga, the former Kampala District Amir, top Shia Cleric Dr. Abdulkadir Muwaya and Hassan Kirya, the former spokesperson of Kibuli based Muslim faction, among others. The trio was gunned down in a similar fashion by two men riding on motorcycles in Bwebaje, Entebbe, Mayuge and Bweyogerere in Wakiso district respectively