Court outlaws photos of Muslim murder suspects


Some of the suspects in court

Judges have asked journalists not to take pictures during the Muslim clerics murder case hearing for security reasons.

The suspects including the leader of Tabliq Sect Sheikh Younus Kamoga and his brother Shiekh Siraje Kawooya are facing trial for the alleged murder of Muslim Shiekhs; Mustafa Bahiga, Hassan Kirya and the attempted murder of Shiekh Haruna Jemba.

The 32 suspects in total also face charges of terrorism and crimes against humanity where the prosecution says they organised attacks against the Muslim Shias.

A panel of three Judges of the International Crimes Division of the High court, Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kiggundu are presiding over the trial that kicked off Monday in the capital Kampala.

Judges asked journalists not to publish their pictures.

Judges asked journalists not to publish their pictures before, during and after the hearing of the case saying it would jeopardise their security.

Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi said even the security of journalists covering the case will be compromised.

Meanwhile, prosecution led by Richard Kamuli told court some of their witnesses had been assaulted and threatened with death.

He cited instances in which some of their witnesses were castrated hence asking court for more time to gather evidence.

The Defense team led by Fred Muwema expressed concern that the state has continued bringing more evidence in the case, which is delaying trial.

He asked court to adjourn the case, but caution the state against introducing new evidence.

The case has been adjourned for a month’s time on the request of the prosecution.

Hearing of the case resumes on July 18, 2016.


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