Three Kenyans face 76 murder counts in Uganda bombing

A Ugandan court on Saturday charged three Kenyans with 76 counts of murder.

Updated: Jul 31, 2010, 13:44 PM IST

Kampala: A Ugandan court on Saturday charged three Kenyans with 76 counts of murder, the first such cases opened against suspects in the July 11 suicide attacks in Kampala which targeted football fans watching the World Cup final.

Hussein Hassan Agad, Mohamed Adan Abdow and Idris Magondu were charged before a Kampala magistrates court, but did not enter a plea.

They face 61 counts of murder for those killed while watching the World Cup at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in the east of the Ugandan capital and 15 counts for those killed at an Ethiopian restaurant.

Chief Magistrate Deo Sejjemba said the accused were not allowed to enter a plea because the court does not have jurisdiction over the crime of terrorism.

The three will reappear at the magistrates court on August 27, but will not be permitted to plead to the charges until Uganda`s Directorate of Public Prosecutions decides the case is ready to move to the High Court.

The men were escorted under heavy security to the court where charges were read to them in a session that lasted less than 15 minutes. They were then remanded to prison.

Bureau Report