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Thomas Kwoyelo pre-trial starts again in Kampala

2 February 2017 - 16:02

After a five month break, pre-trial proceedings in the case against Thomas Kwoyelo continued this week in Kampala.

On Tuesday 31 January, Kwoyelo, his lawyers, a lawyer for victims, and prosecutors appeared before a judge at the International Crimes Division of the High Court.

According to a statement issued by the Registry of the International Crimes Division, the hearing was adjourned, however, to the next day because Kwoyelo was sick and had not received medical treatment:

Court started at 11:45am with remarks from Counsel Charles Dalton Opwonya for the defence.

He prayed for an adjournment on grounds that:

i.        That in the interest of justice medical treatment be provided for his client who is very sick and hasn’t received any treatment for his chest pains which were caused by the bullet wounds, that he also suffer from continuous headaches, high blood pressure.

ii.      Defence was served with an amended indictment late on the 30th day of January, 2017.

iii.    That the Indictment is not translated in the Acholi language as per the Judges’ previous ruling.

iv.    He recommended that, all efforts should be made by the DPP and ICD Registry to help the defence team translate the indictment.

Counsel Caleb Alaka, introduced Counsel Evans Ochieng to court as another advocate to join the defence team and he pleaded to court for security as per the Judge’s previous Ruling.

(Statement from the International Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda on the progress of the trial of Thomas Kwoyelo, 2 February 2017)

On Wednesday, Kwoyelo’s lawyers objected to a request by the prosecution to restrict how much evidence they would be obligated to disclose to the defense before the actual trial begins. They argued that the application did not comply with ICD rules and that instead, a new application should be made for “restricted disclosure of evidence”. The judge agreed and ruled that the prosecution make a new application before 8 February.

The next hearings will take place on 22 and 23 February to deal with that application, the confirmation of indictments and victim’s applications. 

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