Kampala High Court Justice Owiny Dollo has convicted eight individuals for participating in the bombing of Ugandan capital in 2010 during a World Cup game.
Ugandan national Issa Ahmed Luyima, according to the judge, was the ‘mastermind and central character’ of the deadly twin 2010 blasts in the Ugandan capital hence guilty of terrorism.
Justice Owiny Dollo ruled that all evidence shows that Ahmed Luyima was the mastermind of the 2010 bomb blasts in Kampala.
Kenyan national Hassan Hussein Agade was found guilty of terrorism mainly due to a lot of call data, which pin pointed him in the involvement of the planning and bomb attacks.
Idris Magondu, another Kenyan suspect, was also found guilty of terrorism.
Justice Owiny Dollo said Hajjir Nyamandondo was aware of what he was carrying, which makes him guilty.
The judge said the constant washing of Suleiman Hajjir Nyamandondo’s car could have tampered with evidence.
Kenyan suspect Habib Suleiman Njoroge was ‘deeply involved in the execution of the attacks’, according to the judge hence guilty of terrorism.
Habib Suleiman Njoroge is a brother to Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia who was acquitted of terrorism.
Hassan Haruna Luyima, a brother to the ‘mastermind’ Issa Luyima, was also found guilty.
Justice Owiny says there’s ‘sufficient and direct evidence’ against Hassan Haruna Luyima.
Justice Owiny said prosecution discharged burden of proof hence finding Mohammed Ali Muhammed guilty.
He charged them with murder that holds 76 counts. Owiny says neither murder nor terrorism is a minor offense when compared to each other.
“Malice in regards to deaths is proven given that death was a natural consequence of suspects’ actions. S/he who commits murder commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life,” the judge explained.
All seven convicted of terrorism were found guilty of murder, the 5 acquitted of terrorism are acquitted of murder.
All suspects convicted on murder offense were found guilty on offense of attempted murder for bomb that never exploded.
Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo adjourned the case until tomorrow, Friday at 9.30am.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the 2010 Kampala blasts as retaliation for Ugandan support for AMISOM.
The trial of the 13 Uganda, Kenyan and Tanzanian suspects started in March 2015 at the High Court of Uganda.
In 2011, suspect Edris Nsubuga, aged 31, was sentenced to three concurrent 25-year sentences after he pleaded guilty.
Muhamoud Mugisha, 24, pleaded guilty and was also sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for conspiring to commit terrorism.
On July 11, 2010, first bomb went off at Ethiopian Village restaurant in Kabalagala. Fifteen people died in this attack.
At about 11:18PM that same night, another bomb exploded at Kyadondo Rugby Club, killing over 60 people on the spot.
Justice Owiny says he struck off a charge of belonging to a terrorist organisation because Al Shabaab is not listed as a terrorist organisation.
In 2010 when attacks took place, Al Shabaab wasn’t listed in the Anti-Terrorism Act as a terrorist organisation
Prosecution submitted that there is an association between Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab.