By Halima Athumani
KAMPALA, Uganda (AA) - Ugandan police brought fresh charges Wednesday against five suspects who were acquitted by a local high court of being involved in the July 2010 bombings in Kampala that left 76 people dead.
In a statement, police spokesman Fred Enanga said: “This is to inform the general public that the five acquitted, 2010, Kampala terror suspects, have ...been charged over fresh allegations of terrorism and related conspiracies.”
The five suspects, charged at the Chief Magistrates Court in Jinja district, some 70 kilometers from the capital of Kampala, include Omar Awadhi Omar, Mohammad Hamid Suleiman alias Abu Zainab, Abubakaer Batemyeto, Dr. Ismail Kalule and Yahaya Suleiman Mbuthia.
The new charges state that “while at Luzira Upper prisons, the suspects allegedly created documents and materials connected with preparations to facilitate, assist or engage co-conspirators to undertake terrorist acts.”
The hand-written documents and related materials urged alleged terror group members to conduct reconnaissance missions around security facilities and other vital installations. “The documents we seized were also in preparation for violence and indicated fresh evidence of the new plot that connected the suspects to the materials,” the statement said.
On May 26, Ugandan High Court convicted seven people on terrorism and murder charges for their role in the bombings.
On July 11, 2010, suicide blasts went off at the Kyadondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian village restaurant where revelers were watching the World Cup. A total of 76 people were killed and scores others were injured scores in the incident.