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High Court confirms terrorism charges for 14 in Muslim clerics case

Some of the accused in court recently

The High Court International Crimes Division has confirmed that the 14 suspected to be behind the killing of Muslim clerics in Uganda must  stand  trial on charges of terrorism,  murder and attempted murder.

In a ruling in Kampala on Friday, Justice Duncan Gaswaga found that the evidence on record that the prosecution intends to adduce against the 14 suspects led by  Shiekh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga is sufficient to warrant a trial.

The 14 are accused of murdering Sheikhs Mustafa Bahiga, Ibrahim Hassan Kirya and the attempted murder of Shiekh Haruna Jjemba.

Justice Gaswaga also read out to court  11 issues agreed by both the prosecution and defence teams that will  be resolved  by court.

Among the issues is for court to determine whether the accused had a common intention to murder Shiekh Bahiga and Kirya for either a political social or religious aim or to cause fear and intimidation  amongst members of the public.

Justice Gaswaga closed the pre-trial session and set October 17 this year for their trial to begin before a panel of three judges led by Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi.

The suspects will appear before Justices Muhanguzi, Percey Tuhaise and Jane Kiggundu on the October 17, 2016 for hearing .

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