Uganda Police seeks extradition of ADF leader

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WE HAVE RELIABLE INFO: Uganda Police Spokesman, Fred Enanga

 

Uncertainty surrounds the extradition of a suspect in Tanzanian custody believed to be Jamil Mukulu, the leader of Allied Democratic Front-ADF.

A team of police officers headed by Interpol-Uganda Director Asan Kasingye and the Counter Terrorism head Isaac Ndugutse were recently in the Tanzanian capital Dares Salaam discussing a possible extradition of the suspect to face charges in Uganda.

Kasingye confirmed that he went Tanzania but declined to divulge details on what agreement the two countries had come to. Extradition is governed largely by international law and agreed to treaties between states.

Mukulu has charges of treason and aggravated murder hanging over his head. He recently accumulated more charges when the Jinja Grade One Magistrate confirmed 21 counts of aggravated murder against him and Dr Aggrey Kiyingi for their alleged involvement in the murder of Muslim clerics in the country.

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga told this website that Interpol Uganda had received communication through the I-24/7 communication network used by Interpol worldwide that DNA samples had returned positive results to indicate that ‘the subject in issue’ was indeed Jamil Mukulu.

Enanga was reserved on disclosing information on whose DNA samples had been tested but said that the Ugandan Police had collaborated with Tanzania all through the process.

Now, Police is exploring repatriating Mukulu under the East African Community treaty on the repatriation of criminals that was earlier used to get the Kenyan suspects charged with terrorism for the bombing of the Kyadondo grounds.

When contacted by this website Human Rights Lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi said that the extradition of a person amongst commonwealth countries is a lot easier due to the existence of an extradition pact that binds them; he also explained that the only condition to be fulfilled for the extradition to occur is proof of an arrest warrant from Interpol or from the requesting country.

In Mukulu’s case, Uganda already secured a red notice Interpol arrest warrant on charges of treason and crimes against humanity that he committed during the ADF incursion in Western Uganda.

Enanga said it would be hard to estimate when the extradition process will be completed but noted the necessary precautions have been taken to ensure that the process proceeds under both the commonwealth treaty and the East African treaty.

The suspect for whom Uganda is now seeking extradition, believed to be Jamil Mukulu, has been in Tanzanian custody for over a month but it was until recently that the Uganda Police was notified of his arrest.

Mukulu is known and believed to travel a lot within the East African region using fake passports with alias names. In 2012 alone, the Ugandan army compiled a list of over 13 alias names that Mukulu was using to cross borders.

Suspects arrested in connection to the Busoga murders, according to the Police Chief Kale Kayihura have confessed to have at-length conversations with Mukulu in the Eastern part of Uganda. Kayihura believes that Mukulu travels through trusted agents within the region.

Jamil Mukulu started the Allied Democratic Front rebel group to fight against what he considered marginalization of the Muslim community in Uganda. The war, to date has never ended despite his forces being pushed into North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.