Court of Appeal Quashes Sheikh Kamoga’s Conviction

The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of Jamatil- Salafiya leader, Sheikh Yunus Kamoga and six Muslim leaders for terrorism.

On Wednesday Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, Cheborion Barishaki and Elizabeth Musoke ruled that the ingredients of terrorism had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt.

Kamoga was jointly set free with Sheikh Siraje Kawooya, Sheikh Murta Budde Bukenya, Sheikh Fahad Karungi, Yusuf Kakande and Abdul Salaam Ssekayanja.

There were emotional scenes at the court as their lawyers and relatives broke into tears after the judgement that was read by the Court Registrar Mary Babirye in the absence of the accused.  The Defense lawyers were led by MacDusman Kabega.

Counter-terrorism operatives had sealed off the court premises causing tension at court.

In August 2018, three judges of the International Crimes Division including Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Jane Kiggundu and Percy Tuhaise found the cleric guilty of terrorism and convicted him to life imprisonment. 

They were arrested in January 2015 following the murder of Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga on December 29, 2014.

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