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Lack of funds delays Muslim clerics case by 3 weeks

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The ongoing trial of 14 men accused of killing Ugandan Muslim clerics has been halted until November 21,  2016 because the judiciary has no funds to facilitate witnesses in this case.

This was revealed by lead judge of the High Court’s International Crimes Division Ezekiel Muhanguzi after listening to the  evidence of eight witnesses. He said the court cannot go on to accumulate more debts.

Justice Muhamguzi’s revelation was prompted by lead prosecutor Lino Anguzu who informed court that they are finding it hard to secure witnesses in court without facilitation from the court’s registry.

However this did not go well with the defence team led by Fred Muwema who feel that their clients are denied justice due to the delay of this trial.

The defence indicated that the accused persons are willing to sell their property to facilitate this trial in the quickest way possible.

They have now been taken back on remand until November 21 when the judiciary believes the funds will be available.

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