Terror suspects plead for mercy

The High Court will on Friday this week deliver its judgment for the two suspects who confessed to being part of the terrorists behind the July 11 bomb blasts.

Edris Nsubuga pleaded guilty to charges of terrorism while Mugisha Mohammod pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to committing acts of terrorism.

Nsubuga admitted placing the laptop that was used by the suicide bomber to set off the blast at the Kyadondo rugby grounds Nsubuga also confessed that he was part of those that laid the plan to blow Makindye House.

He says he threw the Nokia phone that was to be used to set off the blast in a pit latrine, from where it was later recovered by the police.

In his mitigation statement before the court, Nsubuga asked to be forgiven by all those that lost loved ones to the blasts saying he was truly remorseful.

His lawyer Alex Bashasha said Nsubuga provided the police with crucial information that helped stop other bomb attacks in which more people could have been killed.

Nsubuga claimed to have been threatened by his accomplices, forcing him to commit the act.

The state attorney asked court to spare him the death penalty and give him a custodial sentence since he had cooperated in the investigations and not wasted the court’s time.

The state attorney Lino Anguzu also told Court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has withdrawn the 76 counts of murder and 10 of attempted murder against Nsubuga.

Both Nsubuga and Mohamood will be key witnesses for the state. Meanwhile, the hearing of the case against the other 12 suspects will begin on 15th November.

 

Story by Ruth Anderah