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Court Upholds Minister’s Orders to Deport Acquitted Terror Suspect



Justice Margret Oguli-Oumo from International Crimes Division of High Court yesterday upheld the orders of Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jejje Odongo to deport one Omar Awadh, one of the 5 people who were acquitted for the 2010 Lugogo bombing.

Omar had appealed against the minister’s   orders   to have him indefinitely deported from Uganda, stating that the minister had not given him chance to explain more about his birth rights. He insists he is a Ugandan citizen.

Omar accompanied his appeal with an affidavit sworn by his biological mother Fatuma Said Abdullah who also claims to belong to one of the recognized indigenous tribes of   Banyankore hailing from Kakoba in Kyazanga -Lwengo district.

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Fatuma  says her son was born in Uganda on her way to Mbarara Hospital in 1963 but due to the Idi  Amin war , Omar went to  Kenya  to live  with his father Omar Awadh, an -Arab of  Kenyan descent  in 1979 and that’s how he ended up holding a Kenyan passport .

She adds that her husband (Omar’s father) passed away in 2011 in Kenya as Omar was in jail and that it would only be fair if Omar was allowed to stay here with his maternal family.

However, the judge was not convinced by the submissions, ruling that since Omar was born to a father of Arab -Kenyan descent, and having assumed a Kenyan citizenship with passport, he is a Kenyan

The judge however granted Omar opportunity to once in a while be allowed to visit his maternal relatives who are in Uganda.

Immediately after this judgement Omar who has been in police custody for close to a month now was handed over to an Immigration commissioner Ronald Obel to process his deportation to Kenya.

Omar spent eight years at Luzira prison on charges of terrorism until in August this year when the DPP dropped all charges against him and 4 others.

Three of his 3 colleagues were deported to Kenya after the withdrawal of the charges against them.



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