Uganda: Five given life in jail for Kampala bombing

    Uganda: Five given life in jail for Kampala bombing

    May 27, Kampala: Five people convicted of terrorism and given life sentences for the 2010 bomb attacks in Uganda's capital, Kampala, which killed 74 people.

    Among them was Isa Ahmed Luyima, the mastermind of the attacks claimed by militant Islamist group al-Shabab. Two others also found guilty of terrorism were given 50 years in jail.

    Handing down the sentences, Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said he did not believe that the death sentence would act as a deterrent, reports said.

    Six other men also standing trial were acquitted of terror and murder charges, but one was convicted of a lesser accessory charge.

    Police sources told the BBC's Patience Atuhaire the men were being held for their own safety. The blasts targeted football fans watching the 2010 World Cup final at a restaurant and a rugby club in Kampala.

    The Oslo Times


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