Former leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Jamil Mukulu has withdrawn the bail application he had filed in court seeking to be released on bail pending the fixing of his case before the International Crimes Division (ICD) Court.
The matter was expected to resume on Thursday, however, this was not possible as Mukulu, through his lawyer Anthony Wameli, informed court that he had withdrawn his application for bail.
Justice Suzan Okalany accepted the request and dismissed the application since it was as per Mukulu’s independent decision and the only option for the court.
“Counsel for both parties should liaise with the Deputy Registrar International Crimes Division (ICD) to have High Court case number 001 of 2018 fixed for hearing,” ruled the judge
Due to the prevailing Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for the prevention of Covid-19 where prisoners are restricted from moving in and out of the facilities, Mukulu appeared in court via video conferencing.
After being granted opportunity to address the Court, Mukulu who was in tears, begged for forgiveness from his mother who was present in court.
“Mum, I ask you that if I wronged you in any way or the other to forgive me,” Mukulu implored to which the mother replied, “you haven’t wronged me in any way, son.”
In the recent sitting, Jamil Mukulu asked Justice Okalany to step out of his application because he didn’t expect justice from her court.
Mukulu accused the judge of being biased against Muslims, a religion to which he belongs.
However Okalany declined to drop the matter over mere allegations without any evidence.
Mukulu with 37 others are facing 20 counts which include terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and belonging to a Terrorist group-ADF.
Jamil Mukulu in the indictment is described as the leader of ADF and Salaf Muslim community in Uganda who would give orders to his 37 co-suspects to commit murders and robberies in various districts like Bugiri, Tororo, Namayingo, Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Mbale and Budaka among others.
Mukulu is also indicted for the murder of 2 sheikhs; Dakitoor Muwaya and Yunus Abubakar Mandanga in Mayuge and Bugiri districts respectively, and the murder of 2 police officers Muzamir Babale and Karim Tenywa from Bugiri police station.
The group is further said to have robbed guns and ammunition.