ADF’s Mukulu to fight extradition to Uganda

 

Jamil Mukulu

Jamil Mukulu

The defence in the extradition proceedings involving the leader of the Congo-based Ugandan Islamist rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Jamil Mukulu, on Monday May 25, will file their counter affidavit at the Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Advocate Martin Rwehumbiza informed the court today before Principal Resident Magistrate Cyprian Mkeha he was requesting for more time to prepare their response on why the accused’s case should not be tried in Uganda.

He told the court he was not in a position to prepare the affidavit due to lack of enough time to honour the he court requiring the document to be filed on or before Thursday (yesterday).

Mr Rwehumbiza had therefore requested the court to give him up to Monday before 11 am to officially file the defense’s response.

Mukulu arrived at the court premises in prison bus at around 9.00 am (Tanzanian Time) guarded by very tight security.

The court room was packed with a number of officials from Uganda, Kenya, and prison and police officers on attention guarding the high profile suspect.

Principal Resident Magistrate Mkeha ordered the matter to come for hearing on May 25, 2015 at 12.30 pm when the defence will file its counter affidavit.

Jamil Mukulu appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam last Friday to face extradition proceedings initiated by the Attorney General (AG), at the request of the Ugandan authorities.

Mukulu, a Roman Catholic-converted Muslim is accused of commanding a spate of brutal attacks against civilians in both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the late 1990s.

Mukulu allegedly founded the group in the 1990s with the aim of toppling the Ugandan government.

In the application, the Attorney General has attached several documents, including his affidavit and that of the police in Uganda, showing that Mukulu was wanted in his country; not for political on grounds but to face trial regarding several criminal offences such as murder, attempted murder and armed robbery and treason.

Another important document filed in support of extradition is the arrest warrant issued by a resident magistrate court in Jinja, Uganda, showing the rebel group leader was facing criminal charges in his country.

The two affidavits show that the fugitive is required in Uganda for arraignment on five murder charges, three relating to attempted murder and two involving armed robbery and that such offences fall under Ugandan criminal law and that Tanzania an extradition agreement with Uganda.

Mukulu was arrested by Tanzanian police last month for unlawful possession of a fire arm, he is reported to have entered the country from DRC.