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Ugandan court delivers verdict on 2010 Kampala bombings


Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni REUTERS/Xavier Toya (UGANDA - Tags: )

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni REUTERS/Xavier Toya (UGANDA – Tags: )

Thirteen men being tried for masterminding the 2010 Kampala bombings had their verdicts delivered yesterday by the Ugandan High Court.

The suspects include six Kenyans, two Tanzanians and five Ugandans, who have all pleaded not guilty.

Justice Alfonse Owinyi Dollo has been delivering individual verdicts in respect of each of the 13 accused.

So far, Isa Ahmed Luyima has been found guilty, as the mastermind and central character in the attacks, as well as his brother, Hassan Haruna Luyima.

Three Kenyans: Hussein Hassan Agade, Habib Suleiman Njoroge and Idris ‘Christopher’ Magondu have also been found guilty of terrorism.

Another Kenyan Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia (brother to Suleiman Njoroge) has been found not guilty, as prosecution failed to prove he was involved in attacks.

Seventy-six people died in the July 2010 suicide bombings that were claimed by Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group, Al Shabaab.

The attacks had targeted football fans watching the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain at a Kampala restaurant.

The terror group said that the attacks were retaliatory, as thousands of Ugandan troops form the backbone of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a UN-backed force tasked with combating insurgents in Somalia.

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