Lawyers Furious as State Fails to Produce Jamil Mukulu in Court

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Mukulu was, early today expected to appear before the Magistrates Court in Jinja, where he was initially charged with murder, treason and terrorism. He however was a no show yet no reason was given for his absence.

Lawyers representing Jamil Mukulu, the leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are furious over the failure by the state to produce him in court today.

Mukulu was, early today expected to appear before the Magistrates Court in Jinja, where he was initially charged with murder, treason and terrorism. He however was a no show yet no reason was given for his absence.

State Prosecutor James Muliro told court that he did not know why Mukulu was not produced in court despite a production warrant issued earlier.

Security was heightened at the court premises where access was restricted to authorized personnel. The situation was relaxed an hour later after all indicators proved that Mukulu would not be produced in court as anticipated.

His lawyer Caleb Alaka says the development is unfair to Jamil Mukulu who has directed them to file an application for him to be committed to the International Crimes Division of the High Court for trial.

Alaka says the committal process would give Mukulu a right to a fair hearing.

Presiding Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa adjourned the case hearing to January 30, 2017.

Mukulu was arrested in Tanzania in July 2014 and extradited to Uganda for trial. He has since appeared in court on a few occasions and now on remand in Luzira Maximum Prison.
 

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
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Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).