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Uganda: Court frees Buganda Riots suspects amid Jubilations and tears of joy

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There were shouts of joy after High Court in Kampala dismissed the terrorism case in which eleven people had been remanded in connection with September 2009 riots.

Justice Ralph Ochan discharged the group forming part of the 25 people who had been committed for trial over terrorism arguing that they did not have case to answer.
“We are disappointed by the prosecution and police because they ignored the basic requirements in investigations and fundamental human rights of the accused persons,” held Justice Ochan before a fully packed courtroom.

A total of eleven witnesses, all police officers testified against the eleven giving contradictory statements while others have accused their seniors of giving false evidence to court.

In September 2009, violence erupted in Buganda region after government stopped the Kabaka from attending a youth ceremony in Kayunga district, where the local community, the Banyala, tried to break away from Buganda. Justice Ochan explained that he was disappointed that whole Police station was burnt but most incompetent officers were dispatched to investigate the case.

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