Kampala Bombing Convicts Appeal against Sentences

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According to the notice of appeal filed before the Court of Appeal on June 1, all the seven convicts currently at Luzira maximum prison say the conviction was wrong and the sentences were harsh and excessive.

The seven men recently convicted for masterminding the 2010 twin bombings in Kampala have filed an appeal against the sentences handed to them.

The convicts include Issa Ahmed Luyima, Hussein Hassan Agad alias Hussein Agade, Idris Magondu alias Christopher Magondu, Habib Suleiman Njoroge and Mohamed Ali Mohamed. The others are Hassan Haruna Luyima and Selemani Hijar Nyamandondo.

On May 27, Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo sentenced the group to life and 50 years imprisonment respectively after he found them guilty for masterminding the bombings at Kyadondo Rugby grounds and Ethiopian restaurant, Kabalagala. The judge said he handed each of the convicts a sentence that matched their involvement in the suicidal attacks.

Prosecution proved that the convicts and others still at large, on July 11, 2010, without due regard to safety of others or property, intentionally and unlawfully delivered and discharged explosions with intent to cause death and serious bodily injury or extensive destruction likely to or actually result into major economic loss.

At least 76 football revelers died as a result of the deadly attacks.

But according to the notice of appeal filed before the Court of Appeal on June 1, all the seven convicts currently at Luzira maximum prison say the conviction was wrong and the sentences were harsh and excessive.