Kampala: Sheikh Siraje Kawooya has today been denied bail after Court of Appeal Judge Christopher Madrama dismissed his application to pursue his appeal over conviction and sentence to life imprisonment.
Sheikh Kawooya was last year convicted of murder, terrorizing of Muslim clerics and sentenced to life imprisonment by a panel of three High Court judges Justices Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Jane Kiggundu and Percy Tuhaise.
Citing deteriorating health and presumption of innocence, through his lawyers Friday Kagoro, Kawooya applied for bail before his conviction and sentencing.
However in his ruling, Justice Madrama said Kawooya’s conviction reduced his chances of presuming him innocent and the kind of offence has hindered court to release the applicant on bail.
Speaking to media after court session, applicant’s lawyer said his client is dissatisfied with court’s ruling and vowed to re-apply his bail application to a panel of three judges, “The law provides for it and with hope he will be released to challenge International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court’s decision that convicted him,” he added.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment along with Sheikh Kamoga Yunus, Multa Bukenya and Fahad Bukenya as Sheik Yusuf Kakande and Fahad Kalungi were sentenced to 30 years in prison.