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EXTRADITION OF JAMIL MUKULU

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Jamil Mukulu, currently 61 was born in Ntoke village Ntenjeru Sub County, Kayunga District.

Though originally catholic by faith, he later converted to Islam and finally formed Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebel group in 1989 to fight and overthrow government and citing what he described as discrimination against Muslims in Uganda. He’s a fluent speaker of Arabic, Swahili and English and very fine orator who can move and convene crowds to follow him.

At the time, he was considered the overall leader of the salaf section of Tabliq Muslims.  This propelled him to prominence at the time when he engaged with police in running battle in fight against the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council at Old Kampala which left several policemen and police dogs dead.

The formation of ADF saw this group commit a series of attacks and atrocities against Uganda which included the following;

(i)    1986 attack on Mponde trading centre in Kasese which left several Ugandans dead.

(ii)    10/10/1997 two teachers were abducted and killed by ADF in Bugoya Sub county Kasese.

(iii)    31/10/1997 – Abducted 19 students from St. Johns Seminary Kasese.

(iv)    8/06/1990, ADF attacked Kichwamba technical college, killing 80 students and abducting over 80.

(v)    By August 11, 1998, a total of over 366 children in Kasese were reported to be have abducted by ADF.

(vi)    11/12/1999 ADF attacked UPDF barracks in Bundibugyo, releasing 365 inmates from Katojo prison in Fort portal.  4 UPDF soldiers were killed in this attack.

(vii)    17/01/2000, 25 people were massacred and 17 injured when ADF attacked Kirindi IDP camp in Bundibugyo.

(viii)    January 15, 2015 investigation by police into a wave of murders of Muslim religious leaders and robberies in Busoga region linked suspects arrested to ADF.  It was also established that killings were sectarian in nature and carried by salaf sect  (ADF linked) gangs against Muslims of other sects who were referred to as ‘snakes’

MULTIPLE IDENTITIES
JAMIL MUKULU has been on the security radar for a long while, since formation of the ADF rebel group in 1989.  He, however, managed to elude security by use of over 10 different passports, names, and facial identities.  In some of the facial identities, he uses lenses, bald heads, etc.

He holds passports for several countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Britain etc.  He also holds and uses a variety of names in various passports mentioned above which include the following;
-    Jamil Alilabaki
-    Lwanga Tomas Musisi
-    Kityo James Musoke
-    Jjungu Abdallah
-    Jjunju Abdalla (Kenyan driver’s permit)
-    Nyanzi Yafesi Phillip
-    Lumu Nicholas
-    Jalius Mashairi – Tanzanian citizen
-    Kalamire Patanguli – British
-    David Amos Mazengo – Tanzania

RED NOTICE
Following the commission of the above listed atrocities and others within Uganda and DR Congo, a red Notice was issued by Interpol against JAMIL MUKULU in February 2011, putting him on the global list of the most wanted.

In October 2011, the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control froze all Mukulu’s assets and banned its citizens from any dealings with him.

LINKS TO AL-SHABAAB
The United Nations report of 2012 on armed forces in the DR Congo clearly linked ADF to Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda terror groups.

It should be noted that the ADF is listed in the scheduling of the Anti-terrorism Act of Uganda as a terrorist organisation.

ARREST IN TANZANIA
Early this year, Jamil Mukulu was arrested in Daresalaam Tanzania and has since been detained.

Following the arrest of JAMIL MUKULU by the Tanzanian authorities, the Ugandan government filed an extradition request for his return to Uganda to stand trial for atrocities committed.

The extradition request specifically singled out 7 Counts of murder relating to recent attacks in Busoga for Muslim leaders.

After protracted trial, the Principal Resident Magistrate of Kisutu Magistrates Court in Daresalaam His worship Cyprian Mkeha, on 25/06/2015, granted the Extradition order to the Attorney General of Tanzania at the request of the Ugandan Government.

However, the grant of this extradition order was subjected to another order for appeal.  The fugitive was permitted to appeal and exhaust this process before he is returned to Uganda.

JAMIL MUKULU’s defence lawyer Mr Martin Rwehumbizi is expected to file a notice of appeal within the 15 days granted by the trial magistrate, courted from 25/06/2015.

It’s expected that this appeal will run through all the appeal courts up to the court of Appeal of the United Republic of Tanzania, which is the highest appellate courts.

This process may last for several months.

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