Jailed American Terrorism Suspect to Apply for Bail

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An American man jailed for alleged terrorism will apply for bail next week. A lawyer to Chris Howdy, the 26-year-old American who was found in illegal possession of firearms in November, has said he will apply to have his client bailed out of imprisonment in Luzira next week. The disclosure came after Howdy appeared before the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's Court in Kampala today. State Attorney Hellen Wanene was expected to brief the court about the status of inquiries into Howdy's case, but she did not show up. The Chief Magistrate, Margaret Tibulya, adjourned the case and remanded the American to Luzira until January 16th. The prosecution alleges that Howdy was found in possession of a pistol and a sub-machine gun with 28 rounds of ammunition while at Minache Guest House in Gulu. He allegedly failed to explain to the police how he acquired the arms. If found guilty, the maximum sentence for illegal possession of firearms according to the Anti-Terrorism Act, is death. Today's court session was attended by Howdy's father, who flew in from America and an official from the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.

 

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