KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
A court in the Ugandan capital Kampala has ruled
that a Kenyan national who faced terror charges in Uganda be
deported after he was acquitted of the offense, his lawyer said
Lead defense lawyer,
Caleb Alaka told Xinhua by telephone that Justice Margaret Oumo
Oguli of the International Crimes Division of the High Court, on
Wednesday upheld an earlier order for the deportation of Omar
Awadh Omar to Kenya.
“The judge said in
five days, but I think they will deport him tomorrow (Friday),”
“At least after
three years he can come back to Uganda. We are waiting to see
that if in Kenya anything happens (arrest and charge) to him, we
shall go to the East African Court of Justice,” he said.
After his acquittal
last month, Omar Awadh Omar protested a move by Uganda to deport
him, arguing that he was born in the east African country. The
court ruled to uphold the government’s decision, arguing that
since Omar had a Kenyan passport and his father was Kenyan, he
should be deported.
The court however
also ruled that since Omar’s mother was Ugandan, he could
occasionally visit his relatives in the country after a
Omar was first
arrested in 2010 during a swoop of persons suspected for
masterminding a terror attack in Kampala that left close to 80
people dead and dozens of others injured.
group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it
was in revenge of Uganda’s deployment of troops in the Somali
capital Mogadishu in 2007.
Omar was among the
three Kenyans and two Ugandans whose charges were dropped last
month after prosecution failed to produce evidence pinning them
in masterminding the 2010 terror attacks. They had been
re-arrested in June 2016 after court had set them free.