Nine Bomb Suspects Released in Uganda

Published on Monday 16th August 2010

Nine people of Pakistani origin arrested for allegedly plotting the July 11 bombings in Kampala that killed at least 76 people, were yesterday freed from custody on police bond.

Mr Boney Katatumba, Islamabad's consul here, confirmed the release of the suspects, most of them employees of Tech Access, a Pakistani-based IT company.

Security agencies picked the foreign nationals two days after the explosions ripped through crowds of soccer fans at Kyadondo rugby club and the Ethiopian restaurant in Kabalagala, a city suburb.

"I wrote to the Minister of Internal Affairs asking him that since investigation is taking long, they (Pakistanis) should be released on bond, and thank God the government has heeded," he said.

Mr Katatumba said the men could still be on the security radar and accessed whenever required since they work and live in Kampala. The development comes nearly three weeks after Dr Manzoor Choudry, the Pakistan deputy ambassador to Kenya, flew into the country and held emergency talks with Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa to free the suspects.

This newspaper was told at the time that Dr Choudry, accompanied by Mr Katatumba, offered that Pakistan would, going forward, share more intelligence information on terrorists with Uganda.

Those released include Naufal, Kaleen, Waseen, Inayat, Gulfahn, Naifal and Hassan Rafin. Deputy Police Spokesman Vincent Ssekatte told Sunday Monitor yesterday that they have over the last 24 hours alone released two dozen suspects initially detained to help with investigations into the bombings, claimed by the al Shabaab, a self-declared al Qaeda affiliate.

"We have released 25 people in the last 24 hours and we will be releasing more as we clear them," he said but declined to disclose their identities.

Early in the week, three men emerged in military custody confessed that they helped organise the deadly bombings.

More investigations

Meanwhile, Nakawa Chief Magistrate's court on Friday ordered three other bomb suspects initially remanded to Luzira Prisons until August 27 to be taken back into police cells for further interrogation and identification parade.

Chief Magistrate Deo Ssejjemba said Mr Hussein Hassan, Mr Muhamed Adan Abdon and Mr Idris Magondu alias Christopher were needed by detectives to enable the state conclude investigations into the case.

"I am aware of no provisions of the law that bar the process applied for by the prosecution," he said. "Thus, I hereby order the release of the three suspects. I believe the interest of justice in the matter would allow such a move," he added.

The suspects were produced in court on a special production warrant after State Attorney Joan Kagezi asked for a court order for the suspects to be recalled into police custody to "finalise the inquiries".

The three are charged with three counts of terrorism, 76 of murder and 10 of attempted murder as their families wanted them produced in Kenyan courts.



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