Judgment for 2010 bomb suspects set for May 18


High court in Kampala has fixed May 18 as judgment day for the 13 men accused of being behind the 2010 Kampala twin bombings.

Presiding judge Alphonse Owiny-Dollo set the date after hearing from two courts assessors who called for acquittal of one of the suspects, Muzafar Luyima but advised court to convict all the other 12 suspects, including two of Luyima’s brother.

He other suspects are; Hussein Hassan Agad, Idris Magondu, Isa Ahamed Luyima, Hassan Haruna Luyima, Abubakari Batematyo, Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia, Habib Suleiman Njoroge, Omar Awadh Omar, Mohammad Hamid Sulaiman, Seleman Hijar Nyamandondo, Mohammad Ali Mohammad and Dr Ismael Kalule.

Muzafar Luyima was charged with being an accessory to the July 2010 twin bombings which left at least 76 people dead in Kampala.

The suspects are accused of being behind the twin bombing of football fans watching the 2010 World cup football final between the Netherlands and Spain at Kyaddondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala in Kampalaon July 11, 2010, killing more than 76 people and leaving many injured.

Revelers were watching the World Cup Final game between Spain and Holland, at the tournament played in South Africa.
The third bomb that had been planted at the Makindye House on the same day, was defused before it exploded.

Court last week dropped charges of belonging to the al-Shabaab militia group on grounds that it is not reflected on the Anti-terrorism Act.

In their defense last year, all the suspects gave unsworn evidence distancing themselves from the bombings but if convicted, all the 13 face a death penalty.

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