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Jamil Mukulu: I’m not a Murderer; Uganda is Full of Mafias

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Jamil Mukulu, a former rebel of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), has said he is not a murderer as his pre-trial hearing started at the High court’s International Crimes Division in Kampala.

There was heavy security presence as Mukulu appeared at the court.

Mukulu and  34 others are charged with  terrorism, aggravated robbery and murder.

Arrested in Tanzania in 2015, Mukulu is also accused of having a hand in the murder of Muslim sheikhs.

He and other suspects entered court in handcuffs and remained chained with Judge Eva Luswata saying it was prudent to keep them handcuffed in the wake of suspects who escaped from Masaka Court over months ago.

When he arrived at the court, Mukulu blamed his woes on mafias, saying he was not a murderer,

“I’m not a murderer,” said Mukulu.

“The people who killed are in this country. This country is full of mafias.”

Luswata Luswata granted prosecution a two-week adjournment to be able to produce the amended indictment in court.

The Registrar of the International Crimes Division Court will also used the two weeks to get some of the suspects government lawyers.

Some suspects said they were unable to hire lawyers.

Luswata adjourned the pre-trial hearing to May 28.

The suspects were sent back to Luzira Prison.

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