Rebel Capt Byarugaba given I year in jail


Amon Byarugaba in the dock


Makindye General Court Martial has handed People’s Redemption Army (PRA) rebel detainee, Capt Amon Byarugaba, a one year prison sentence for committing treason.

Byarugaba who also already spent over 12 years in prison was convicted by the same court last month.

Court presided over by Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga decided to reduce Byarugaba’s sentence saying he was a first time offender and had already spent in prison a long time.

The judge faulted Byarugaba for opting to remain silent instead of trying to defend himself saying it suggested he was guilty as charged.

He then chronicled how Byarugaba was recruited, trained in Rwanda and sent to Congo to join forces that aimed at overthrowing the President Yoweri Museveni government.

Karuhanga further ruled that the evidence presented by witnesses in the case was sufficient enough to pin Byarugaba to rebel activities and treason.

Capt. Byarugaba was arrested in 2003 with 22 others in the Ituri forest in the Congo where they were reportedly training insurgents against the government of President Yoweri Museveni.

The UPDF claims Capt Byarugaba was arrested while taking part in People’s Redemption Army (PRA) rebel activities aimed at overthrowing the current government.

It was in the same bandwagon that Kizza Besigye was also tried of terrorism and rebel activities but the FDC strongman shook off the charges.

Other suspects also applied for amnesty but Capt Byarugaba opted to battle it out in courts of law.

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