Former LRA’s Kwoyelo Lawyers Skip Pre-Trial

Former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Rebel commander Thomas Kwoyelo, has rejected a decision by the Constitutional Court to allocate him new lawyers.

This is after his defense counsels failed to appear for his pre-trial case at Gulu High court earlier today.

Kwoyelo appeared before the Justice Suzan Okalany at the International Crimes division of the High Court in Gulu district without his lawyers Caleb Alaka and Nicholas Opiyo.

The duo never served court any information regarding their absence, prompting the pre-trial conference to kick off without them.

Kwoyelo was captured in 2008, by UPDF in the Democratic Republic of Congo and charged in 2010 by the Directorate of Public Prosecution with 53 counts of murder, willful killing, kidnap with intent to kill, aggravated robbery and destruction of property in northern Uganda.

In April this year, the Constitutional Court resumed the trial of Kwoyelo overturning a constitutional court verdict in 2011 that had set him free from custody after applying for amnesty in 2010. 

Meanwhile the judge has ordered Kwoyelo to return to court on August 16th with a defense lawyers or court will allocation him some.

Story By Cissy Makumbi