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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Uganda judiciary clears two Somali women of terrorism charges - Africa - News -

Uganda judiciary clears two Somali women of terrorism charges - Africa - News -

Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has dropped terrorism charges against two Somali women who were accusations of sneaking into Uganda with a mission of terrorizing citizens.
The two women; 20-year-old Yasimin Abdullahi and 23-year-old Hodan Ahmed were picked up last year together with ten men including nine Somalis and one Kenyan from Kisenyi, a suburb of Kampala.
They were charged with two offenses including aiding and abetting terrorism, contrary to Section 8 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and belonging to a terrorist organisation.
However, a state attorney Edward Muhumuza on Monday presented a letter to the court presided over by Magistrate Pamale Ocaya indicating that the state had lost in interest in pursuing the case.
The DPP however maintained similar charges against the remaining eight suspects.
Those still facing charges are Mahamad Abdulkadir, Abdi Abdullahi, Hassan Abduwali, Mahamed Ahmed, Yusuf Osman, Abdi Mahamed, Abdul Kadir and Mohamad Yusuf. According to the state, the suspects belong to Al-Shabaab, a Somali terrorist group.
The prosecution states that the accused and others still at large in September last year, in different places of Uganda, Kenya and Somalia, aided, abetted and/or rendered support to Al-Shabaab, knowing and having reason to believe that such support would be used for/or in connection with the preparation and commission of acts of terrorism.

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