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I'm not a murderer - Jamil Mukulu

Security is tight at the High court's International Crimes Division in Kampala as the pre-trial hearing of Jamil Mukulu, a former rebel of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) kicks off. 
 
Mukulu and 34 others are on charges of terrorism, aggravated robbery and murder among others. More than 50 counter terrorism and Military Police officers have surrounded the court premises.
 
Jamil Mukulu with fellow suspects in the High court. Photo: @TalentAhereza
Relatives of the suspects have also come in large numbers to witness the scheduled judgment and have been subjected to maximum security checks at the court entries - with only those having valid identification allowed inside the court premises.

The suspects arrived with both their hands and legs handcuffed and chained. Upon his arrival, Mukulu was ranting that he is not a murderer and neither is he guilty of the charges against him. 
 
"I'm not a murderer, the people who killed are in this country. This country is full of mafias", said Mukulu.
 
The trial session will be presided over by Justice Eva Luswata and is expected to last for a month. Justice Luswata will be assisted by Justices Moses Mukiibi, Suzan Okalany and Michael Elubu. 
 
The rules of this specialized court, require a suspect to go through a pre-trial session with prosecution adducing evidence to prove whether there is a prema-facie established against him/her or not.
 
Mukulu is charged with one count of terrorism, seven counts of murder, nine counts of aggravated robbery, one count of aiding and abetting terrorism and one count of crimes against humanity. Other charges are; four counts of attempted murder and one count of belonging to a terrorist organization.

Mukulu was the leader of the Allied Democratic Forces rebels who terrorized some parts of Uganda including allegedly planting bombs in Kampala in the 1990s until he was arrested 2015.

Mukulu is represented by lawyers Wandera Ogalo, Evans Ochieng and Laudislaus Rwakafuzi  have also sat at the moment. 

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0 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-05-14 13:23
Flying a dead horse is what the state is doing to cover mischief within the security circles.

May- if they are lucky, the state may succeed with the count of terrorism and belonging to a terrorist organization BUT they wont succeed with the counts of counts of murder, aggravated robbery, aiding and abetting terrorism as well as crimes against humanity.
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0 #2 Odongkara 2018-05-14 15:41
If Mukulu went into the bush on liberation purposes like many others before him both in Africa and Uganda then he is right to say he is no murderer but must be called a freedom fighter, fighting for....

What about those who threaten going to the bush because of workers demanding for reasonable pay, is this not the real murderer?
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