The 14 Jailed Muslim clerics trial has kicked off today at the International Crimes Division of the High court were the alleged jailed Muslim clerics have been charged afresh.
The three court’s justices; Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percey Tuhiase and Jane Kiggundu read the 3 counts to the accused for purposes of taking plea as the first step in this trial.
This is after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), last month dropped the charges the suspects were facing from six to four.
According to the indictment before the International Crimes Division of the High Court, the suspects are now facing charges of murder, attempted murder, crimes, and terrorism.
The suspects are accused of being behind the wave of killings of Muslim clerics last year. The clerics include Sheikh Mustafa, who was killed at Bwebajja, on Entebbe Road, Sheikh Abdulkadir Muwaya killed in Mayuge District and Sheikh Hassan Kirya who was killed at Bweyogerere in Wakiso District.
The 14 accused including the leader of Tabliq section in the country Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, his brother Sheikh Siraje Kawooya, Sheikh Muta Mudde,Fahad Kalungi, Hakim and Amir Kinene, Yusuf Kakande, Abdul Salaam Kakande and Hamza Kasirye among others have all denied committing these offences .
They have also pleaded not guilty to threatening the lives of Buganda Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu Deputy Supreme mufti Muhammod Kibaate and Sheikh Haruna Jjemba for either a political, social or religious reason.
The court then proceeded to appoint and swore in the 3 assessors ; Judith Muhairwe , Ahmed Ddumba and Robert Sseguya Lubega who are mere members of the public with no legal training but will follow the trial from a lay man’s point of view and advise the judges on whether to acquit or convict the accused persons .
The case has been adjourned to tomorrow morning for the prosecution to present its first witness.