World Bulletin / News Desk
The leader of the Allied Democratic Forces Jamil Mukulu was extradited to Uganda on Friday.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Uganda's counterterrorism chief John Ndugutse said, “Yes, he has been extradited to Uganda.”
Mukulu’s extradition follows an order by a Tanzanian court to have him tried in Uganda on several counts of murder, terrorism, forceful child abductions and kidnappings.
Uganda police spokesman Fred Enanga also confirmed the extradition.
“As a country, we are extremely happy that he has finally been extradited to answer charges of various counts of murder against him,” Enanga said. “There are a lot of allegations of his involvement in the violent crimes of murder in different parts of the country, especially in Eastern Uganda where Muslim leaders were murdered.”
Mukulu was immediately driven to Jinja district in Eastern Uganda.
The extradition ends a protracted legal battle in Tanzania where Mukulu tried to contest his transfer and trial in Uganda.
Mukulu had in May told a Tanzanian court that he did not believe he could be treated fairly by the Kampala court due to ideological differences he had with the Ugandan government.
However, the court ruled on June 25 that the charges against the rebel leader were not political, paving way for his imminent return to Uganda.
June 8, 1998 is still fresh in the memories of many Ugandans, when Allied Democratic Front rebels raided Uganda Technical College Kichwamba and burnt 80 students alive in three dormitories. The rebels also abducted more than 100 students.
Mukulu has been the subject of contention between Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Upon his arrest in April, the Democratic Republic of Congo's government also demanded that he be handed over to them for atrocities the ADF reportedly committed while in the DRC.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2015, 09:40