Just in: Umar Magara, other NUP supporters again denied bail



The Nabweru Chief Magistrates Court has this morning declined to heed to requests by the National Unity Platform party legal team to have Magara Umar and other NUP supporters relieved of terror and treason charges.

The NUP legal team led by Counsel Shamim Malende and DP advocate Luyimbaazi Nalukoola had requested the presiding judge to dismiss the case imposed on Magara Umar and others since state prosecution admitted that they have not gathered sufficient evidence to incriminate them.

The state prosecutors instead asked court to grant them ample time to gather their evidence on the suspects, to which the magistrate heeded and adjourned the hearing to July 4th.

Lawyer Shamim Malende addresses media immediately after the court is adjourned to July 4th

The suspects have been remanded back to Luzira prison where they have been in custody since their arrest in May.

Prosecution claims Magara Umar, a staff at Kampala Capital City Authority was found with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at his Kawempe residence. It is alleged he, and Muyoodi Hamid and others were to use the explosives during the May 8th nationwide shut down protests.

The Nabweru court in the previous session declined to hear the bail application of the accused on grounds that their charges were capital in nature and can only be entertained by the High Court.

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