Court orders release of terror suspect Amil Kinene

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The Court of Appeal has ordered for the release of Amil Kinene and dismissed a counter appeal by the DPP which contested the acquittal of Sheikh Kamoga and six others of the murder of sheikhs Mustafa Bahiga and Hassan Kirya.

Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo earlier ordered Luzira Maximum Prisons and the DPP to produce Amil Kinene and explain why he has illegally been in jail since 2017 yet he was acquitted of terrorism.

State Attorney Lilian Omara told court they had no pending charges against Kinene upon which Dollo ordered that all people like him should be released.

But his lawyer Fred Muwema insisted that court reprimands the DPP for negligence. He was advised to file a civil suit instead.

Kinene has been freed from illegal incarceration after court established that charges over which he has been held are non-existent.

He has been on remand for aiding and abetting terrorism, a charge that was consolidated into the terrorism of which he was acquitted in 2017.

On August 26, 2019, Court of Appeal summoned the Officer in Charge Luzira Max Prison and the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] to explain why they have been holding Kinene after he was acquitted in 2017.

Kinene was among the 14 who were charged with the spate of murders of Muslim clerics alongside Sheikh Yunus Kamoga

On May 7, 2018 three of nineteen suspects who were discharged of treason including Sheikh Multa Mude Bukenya, Amil Kinene and Hakim Kinene were sent back to jail to serve their sentence over terrorism conviction.

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