High Court judge Wilson Masalu Musene has set the I8th of September as the date he will hear the treason charges that were slapped against muslim clerics some of whom were sentenced to life imprisonment and others acquitted on Monday but were not released by prison authority due to the pending of this case.
The three justices of international criminal court division of the high court that’s Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kigundu yesterday sentenced sheik Murta Mudde Bukenya to life imprisonment and acquitted Hakim Kinene Muswaswa and Amir Kinene on Monday however today they were arraigned before judge Musani Musalu in his chambers together with 16 others on charges of treason.
However the case didn’t kick off since a one Abong Nicolas Frank alias Obongomi one of the accused wasn’t not on the charge sheet and was in not produced in court by the prison authorities.
The accused’ lawyers led by Friday Robert Kagolo told journalists that the judge has scheduled the hearing of the case on the 18th of September and given the state up to 6th next month to disclose the evidence to the defence side which they intend to rely on.
This case was halted to allow the international criminal court division of the high court to disposal off the case were some of the accused were indicted.
Other accused in this particular case include Nakasibante Aisha, Okidi Charles, Badru Bukenya, Muzamiru Kasawuli, Serunjoji Arafat, Okot Alex, Oulanya Joseph, Mubaje Arajabakal, Magombe Suleiman, Matanda Issa alias Charles, Hajji Byamukama Abdul Ratif alias Tusiime, Ssemwogere Asadu, Kibirige Solomon, Wadwali Safiyi alias Kasibante, Muhamadi Kaloodo alias Kasibante, Yusuf Ssentamu alias Kasibante and Ssentogo Ismail.
It should be noted that Yesterday the international criminal’ division of the high court under three justices gave a life imprisonment sentence to Murta Mudde Bukenya and Sheik. Siraje Kawooya ,sheik. Yunus Muhammad kamoga, kalungi Fahad to life imprisonment while Ssekayanja Abdsalam, Kakande Yusufu were sentenced to 30 years in prison.
And in a Monday ruling 8 people were acquitted inclusive of Hakiim Kinene Muswaswa and Amir kinene.