Power Blackout Delays Terror Case Verdict

A power outage has delayed the terror case judgment at the High Court in Kampala.

The court has been hit by a power blackout just minutes before judge Alphonse Owiny Dollo walked in to a verdict in a case that has taken the state six years with 82 witnesses testifying and costing Shs300m.

At around 8:00am, the bus carrying the thirteen suspects drove in at break neck speed amidst tight security and they were then led into the court hall.

Journalists were also screened thoroughly before being granted access to court.

Entrance is restricted to court staff, lawyers to the different parties, and a few journalists.

All roads leading to the court and the places around remain closed, while most of the shops around the area remain closed.

Meanwhile an unidentified man has been seen moving around court premises with chicken. His motives are unclear.

The suspects have been produced amid tight security at the fully packed court and some journalists have been turned away.

The 13 men are accused of participating in detonating bombs at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and Ethiopian Village Restaurant at Kabalagala on July 11th2010 targeting soccer fans who were watching the Football World Cup finals.

The suspects who include seven Kenyans, five Ugandans and one Tanzanian have been battling with 76 counts of murder, 3 for terrorism and attempted murder.

The twin bombings left over 70 people dead and scores of others maimed.

Story By Ruth Anderah