TZ court rules in favor of Mukulu extradition

Jamil Mukulu

Jamil Mukulu

A Dar es Salaam court has ruled the leader of the Congo-based Ugandan Islamist rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Jamil Mukulu will be extradited to Uganda to face charges of murder.

The court however, ordered Mukulu to be remanded pending his appeal process

Principal Resident Magistrate, Cyprian Mkeha of the Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ Court in Dar es Salaam ruled the respondent be returned in the Republic of Uganda to face trial of murder charges that he is being sought for.

“Having been satisfied with the supplementary information and evidence that had been filed, this court is contented that the respondent is wanted by the Republic of Uganda for murder charges only.” Judge Mkeha said.

He said one of the compelling evidence justifying extradition include the arrest warrant issued by a Resident Magistrate Court in Jinja, an affidavit from the Attorney General of Uganda, an affidavit sworn by the police in Uganda, showing that Mukulu is wanted in his country not for political reasons but murder charges as the charge sheet had indicated.

“In the additional information availed to the court, the Director of Public Prosecution of Uganda on June 15 this year had applied for the name of Mukulu to be removed in other charges of aggravated robbery and attempted murder in the charge sheet containing 22 charges among which his involved in 7 charges of murder.” he said.

The Court was also guaranteed the respondent upon being extradited to Uganda he will receive a fair trial.

Mukulu told the court that he was not satisfied with the ruling and therefore requested for an appeal.

“I humbly request this honourable court to be returned in remand custody while I await my application to be processed,” Mukulu said.

Magistrate Mkeha ordered that Mukulu be furnished with all the case’s proceedings so that he can begin his appeal proceedings.

The Judge had earlier this month adjourned the extradition hearing as he requested other supporting documents and information guaranteeing the respondent will not be facing any other charges in Uganda but murder.

Mukulu, was arrested in April, in Tanzania on unlawful possession of a fire arm before the authorities knew he was actually the wanted rebel leader.