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Kampala Bombing Suspect Released by High Court

One of the suspects in the 2010 Kampala bombing, Dr Ismail Kalule was this morning granted bail by the International Crimes Division of the High Court.

Charged with terrorism and aiding and abetting terrorism, in 2016, Kalule, was acquitted by Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo of all charges but was immediately re-arrested together with four others who had been acquitted.

They included: Omar Awadh Omar, Abubakari Batemyetto, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman, and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia

These were immediately charged afresh by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP].

The charge sheet said the quintet and others still at large, for purposes of influencing the government or intimidating the public for political and religious reasons, unlawfully “had in their possession materials [literature] for promoting terrorism”.

The DPP claimed that they committed the terrorism acts while they were incarceration in Luzira prison during their first trial before justice Owiny-Dollo who is now the Deputy Chief Justice.

Two years after they were charged, no trial has taken place. Justice Moses Mukiibi, the head of the ICD today decided to release Kalule on grounds that there was no evidence that he would abscond if released on bail.

“There is no evidence that if released on bail the accused will interfere with witness and the entire investigations,” Justice Mukiibi ruled.

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He added: “One year since Kalule’s committal by the Jinja Chief Magistrate’s court, the file has never been received by the International Crimes Division of the High Court for trial to commence,”

Besides asking Kalule to report at the ICD twice a month, Justice Mukiibe asked Kalule to pay a non-cash bond of shs20 million and also deposit his passport with the court.

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