Muslim Cleric’s Trial: Prosecution Closes its Case With 36 Witnesses

Prosecution in the case where former Tabliq leader Yunus Kamoga and 13 others are accused of murdering fellow clerics Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga and Sheikh Hassan Kirya as well as the attempted murder of Sheikh Haruna Jemba; has today closed its case after parading in court 36 witnesses.

The last prosecution witness to appear before the three judges of International Crimes Division court was an Inspector of Police (names withheld) who requested the Government Analytical Laboratory to examine the bullet cartridges that were found at the murder scenes of Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga in Bwebajja, about it Sheikh Hassan Kirya in Bweyogerere and State prosecutor Joan Kagezi because they appeared to have come from the same gun.

In his testimony, the Police Inspector also informed court that two of the accused persons namely Abdul Salaam Ssematimba and Hamza Kasirye while at Police headquarters in Naguru confessed to have been behind the sending of threatening messages to fellow Muslims who included Sheikh Hassan Kirya

However, on being cross examined by the defense counsels led by Mac Dusman Kabega, the police officer pointed out that although these two confessed, he never recorded any additional statement from them

“I recovered a flyer from Mbabazi Zawuja containing names like Mustapha Bahiga, Sudiq Sonko, Hassan Kirya, Muhamood Kibaate and Haruna Jemba with words in Luganda. These were translated and they said that these people should be eliminated” revealed witness.

The lead prosecutor Linno Anguzo later on informed court that this was their last witness.

The three justices led by Ezikiel Muhanguzi have ordered the defense to make their submissions on no case to answer not later than 3rd March and it should not exceed 10 pages

Further hearing of the matter has been adjourned to 13th March and its on this date that both parties are expected to highlight their copies.

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