DPP Drops Charges Against Dr Aggrey Kiyingi

The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has today dropped charges against the Australia- based Ugandan cardiologist Dr.Aggrey Kiyingi.

Kiyingi’s discharge letter has been tendered in to the presiding court judge Duncan Gaswaga by state prosecutor Charles Kamuli.

He was accused alongside 31 other suspects for alleged involvement in the murder of muslim clerics including Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga at Bwebajja along Entebbe Road, Sheikh Abdulkadir Muwaya in Mayuge District and Sheikh Hassan Kirya at Bweyogerere in Wakiso District.

The suspects who include the leader of the Tabliq sect leader Sheik Yunus Kamoga appeared before Justice Duncan Gaswaga for a pre-hearing session of the case.

Nine of the suspects have asked court to halt trial until the Constitutional Court pronounces itself on the legality of the trial and the DPP’s alleged refusal to disclose the evidence linking them to the charges.

The application for an order to stay the case was made by defence lawyer Fred Muwema.

However lead prosecutor Charles Kamuli handed the DPP three files containing a phone, motorcycle and laptop as exhibits to be used against the accused and will avail it within seven days.

Kamuli added that the rest of the 26 suspects have written to several superior offices seeking commencement of the trial and it would be unfair to halt it now.

The charges against them include terrorism, murder, crimes against humanity and rendering support to the Allied Democratic Forces rebel outfit.

Story By Ruth Anderah