ex-Guantanamo detainee arrested in Uganda

The operation was carried out by Uganda police and U.S. government personnel

ex-Guantanamo detainee arrested in Uganda

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Ugandan and American law enforcement authorities arrested on Tuesday former Guantanamo detainee Jamal Kiyemba in capital Kampala.

"There was an operation carried out between the Uganda police and U.S. government personnel," Ugandan police Spokesperson Fred Enanga told.

"Jamal is in our custody and we have not yet interrogated him," he confirmed.

The joint operation that took place in Wakiso district saw Kiyemba being arrested with another man whose name police have declined to release.

"Immediately we arrested him, the U.S. embassy officials told us that they had also been trailing him ever since his release from Guantanamo in 2006," Enanga said.

Asked on what charges they are holding Kiyemba, the Uganda police spokesperson said "there were suspicions of criminality that warranted his arrest."

"Until we have recorded his statement and got evidence to place him at scene of crime, we can't reveal much," he told.

It was not immediately clear if the arrest was linked to last week's murder of Chief Prosecutor Joan Kagezi.

Several people were arrested earlier today in connection with the murder.

Kagezi was gunned down – sustaining gunshot wounds to the head and neck – in a Kampala suburb last Tuesday while on her way home.

At the time of her death, she had been the lead prosecutor in a trial related to Uganda's 2010 bombings that killed over 70 people in Kampala.

Somalia's Al-Shabaab group had claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Kagezi had also been working with police to prosecute suspects in a recent spate of murders, robberies and terrorism in the eastern part of Uganda and Kampala in which Muslim clerics have been killed.

In 2006, Kiyemba was denied entrance into the United Kingdom where his family, including parents and siblings, lived on national security grounds.

He was returned to his native Uganda.

The former Catholic, who had converted to Islam, was a Leicester University pharmacy student.

Kiyemba was arrested in March 2002 in Pakistan, where he had allegedly gone to study Arabic and the Quran.

He was transferred to Guantanamo in October of the same year on accusations of attempting to travel to Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Nisan 2015, 11:39