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Kenyan remanded in Uganda over terrorism

07 October 2014, 17:12 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - One Kenyan and nine Somali nationals were Tuesday remanded at Uganda's main prison, Luzira Maximum Prison for planning to unleash bombs in the capital city of Kampala.

Among them are two Somali women. The others who are aged between 20 and 31 years, are; Ahmed Hodan, Adul Kadir, Mahamad Abdulkadir, Abdi Abdullahi, Hassan Abduwali, Mahamed Ahmed, Yasimin Abdullahi and Hodan Ahmed, Yusuf Osman and Abdi Mahamed.

Their remand sentence comes after they spend 13 days in police cells at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka, a suburb of Kampala.

on Tuesday as they appeared in Buganda Road Court for mention of their case, prosecution led by Edward Muhumuza requested Court to remand them at the main prison since preliminary police investigations conducted at special investigation unit (SIU) were not complete.

Presiding magistrate, Simon Kintu said, “Since major investigations are still going on, the suspects are remanded to Luzira prison until October 23, 2014.''

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According to the prosecution, the 10 suspects and others still at large, aided, abetted and/ or rendered support to Al Shabaab, knowing and having reason to believe that such support would be used for or in connection with the preparation and commission of acts of terrorism.

The offense was allegedly committed in September in various places within Uganda, Kenya and Somalia.

They were charged with two counts, including aiding and abetting terrorism, contrary to Section 8 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and belonging to a terrorist organisation.

It is alleged that the suspects belonged to Al-Qaeda and its affiliate Al Shabaab, which are both listed as terrorist organisations under the Anti-Terrorism Act 2002 of Uganda.

The suspected terrorists were reportedly arrested at Kisenyi in Kampala.

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