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Ugandan court drops terror charges against three Kenyans

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- A court in Uganda on Tuesday dropped charges against five suspects including three Kenyan nationals in the 2010 twin bombings in the capital Kampala that left over 76 people dead and dozens injured.

Margaret Oumo Oguli, a judge at the International Crimes Division, terminated the proceedings against three Kenyans and two Ugandans who had been recharged with terrorism-related offenses in 2016 following the state requests.

Oguli ordered for the deportation of Muhamad Hamid Suleiman, Omar Awadh Omar and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthya back to Kenya on the request of Jeje Odongo, Uganda’s minister for internal affairs.

The judge also discharged the proceedings against two Ugandans, Ismail Kalule and Abubakar Batemye.

Lino Anguzu, the Principal State Attorney, informed court that Odongo wanted the three Kenyans deported on grounds they were deemed undesirable immigrants in the East African country.

However, Omar Awadh Omar challenged his deportation, halting his transfer back to the neighboring country.

The five terror suspects, on June 1, 2016, were recharged over the 2010 bomb attack with terrorism-related offenses, days after they were acquitted.

The twin bombs went off during the screening of the 2010 World Cup final at the Kyadondo Rugby Ground and an Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala on July 11, 2010.

The Somali militant group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were revenging Uganda’s deployment of peacekeeping troops to Somalia.

           

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