APPLIED FOR BAIL Sheikh Yunus Kamoga

Tabliq leader Amir Ummah Sheik Mohammed Yunus Kamoga has today applied for bail as he waits for hearing of an appeal filed by his lawyer.

City lawyer Friday Kagolo told court that the Constitution allows anyone convicted of any crime to appeal against all charges slapped on him or her.

“We have only applied for Sheikh Kamoga among the six convicts because he is sickly and doesn’t feel well and is of advanced age more than the others. We hope that the Court of Appeal will abide with our client’s plea and release him on bail depending on his appeal,” Kagoro said.

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In August, a three-judge panel of Justices Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Jane Kiggundu and Percy Tuhaise sentenced Sheik Kamoga, Sirajje Kawoya, Mutwalib Bukenya and Fahad Bukenya to life in prison on charges of terrorism.

Sheik Kamoga and his 13 co-accused had been on trial for a close to three years on changes of terrorism and the murder of prominent Muslim clerics in Uganda.

Two of his co- accused , Sheik Yusuf Kakande and Fahad Kalungi, were  sentenced to 30 years imprisonment ‘because they were just followers’, while Sheik Amir Kinene, Hakim Kinene Muswaswa, Abdulhamid Mubiru Sematimba, Hamza Kasirye, Twaha Ssekitto, Rashid Jjingo, Musa Issa Mubiru and George William Iga, walked free due to lack of evidence to convict them.

The convicts were however, acquitted of all murder charges filed against them in relation to murder Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga and Sheikh Hassan Kirya, and also the attempted attacks on Prince Kassim Nakibinge, Haruna Jjemba, Swidiq Ndaula, Haji Ssonko and Sheikh Mahmoud Kibate.