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The Director of Public Prosecution-DPP, Mike Chibita has discontinued all the charges against the Australia-based Ugandan cardiologist, Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi.

The Directorate of Public Prosecution slapped charges of terrorism, murder and crimes against humanity against Dr. Kiyingi and 31 others last year for their alleged role in the killing of Muslim clerics across the country.

Dr. Kiyingi failed to appear before the International Crimes Division of the High Court to plead to the charges. He however, released a video recording on youtube dismissing the charges as a ploy to frustrate his bid to oust president Yoweri Museveni from power.

This morning, Charles Richard Kaamuli, the Principal State Attorney told Court presided over by Justice, Duncan Gaswaga that the DPP has decided to discontinue the charges against Dr. Kiyingi.

He didn’t give reason why the DPP decided to discontinue the charges against Dr. Kiyingi who had showed interest in running for presidency in the February 18 polls. Following the submission by Kaamuli, Justice Gaswaga discharged Dr. Kiyingi from the case.

In the pre-trial session held this morning, Kaamuli told court that they have evidence including laptops, mobile phones, motorcycles, Western Union money transfers and travel documents among others to pin the suspects the remaining suspect when the actual trial starts.

However, the Defense lawyer, Fred Muwema raised several issues but core to them was that the prosecution has since refused to disclose the list of statements that they intend to use when the trial resumes.

Muwema also asked court to stay the proceedings on grounds that there is a constitutional court application challenging this trial and the refusal by the DPP to disclose the evidence to the defense. By the time of filing this story, the remaining 31 suspects were set to plead to the charges. Notable among them is Sheikh Yunus Muhammad Kamoga, the leader of Jamaat Salafiya.

Several Muslim faithful have camped at the High Court premises as they await the outcome of the proceedings. The suspects are accused of masterminding the murder of Muslim leaders early last year such as Mustafa Bahiga at Bwebajja, the former Kampala District Amir, top Shia cleric Dr. Sheikh Abdulkadir Muwaya, and Hassan Kirya, the former speaker of Kibuli Muslim faction

JAEL

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