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Muslim cleric charged with terrorism
2013-03-26
Two people, including a Muslim cleric (imam), Jamal Kiyemba, who were implicated in the disappearance of a number of people, including children, have been charged with terrorism and remanded to Luzira Prison.

Jamal Kiyemba, 34, a former al-Qaeda suspect and Bashir Nyangishu, 26, appeared before the Makindye Court Grade One Magistrate, Henry Hadilu, last Wednesday and were charged with terrorism.

On the charge sheet, the prosecution alleged that Kiyemba, Nyangishu and others still at large, between 2008 and January 2013 at Zzana in Wakiso district, were directly involved in the kidnapping of a group of people.

The two are alleged to have kidnapped the people for "the purposes of influencing the Government or intimidating the public for a political and religious aim".

The victims were identified as Kaliisa, Frank Milo, Zaidi Mutebi, Medi Wamala, Sadia Babirye and Huzaifa Mutebi.

Kiyemba is an imam at Masjid Taqua in Kirimanyaga zone, Zzana, while Nyangishu is a bodaboda cyclist and a resident of Seguku in Wakiso. The case was adjourned to April 10.

The Police arrested Kiyemba from his home in Zzana following the disappearance of Zaida Mutebi and his children: Mohammed Wamala, 13, Shadia Bibirye, 12 and Huzaifah Mutebi, 7.

Kiyemba was arrested together with Nyangishu, who allegedly used to transport them on his motorcycle. The family is alleged to have disappeared in January up to now.

Kiyemba's arrest follows a complaint filed before the Police by Mutebi's wife, Aisha Nalwadda, about his missing children and husband.

Kiyemba was also linked to the disappearance of a number of other people.

Kiyemba was formerly a detainee at the US detention facility of Guantanamo after he was arrested in Pakistan while on his way to Afghanistan. He was arrested as a terror suspect in 2003. He spent there three years before being released and deported to Uganda.
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Africa Subsaharan
Uganda may try former Gitmo suspect
2006-03-09
The Ugandan government is looking into whether Mr Jamal Kiyemba, 25, an Al Qaeda suspect deported from the US run Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba, can be tried in Uganda. Kiyemba, who desparately claims to be said he is British, was deported nearly a month ago after Britain rejected him citizenship.

The State Minister for Defence, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa, told Daily Monitor yesterday that the government was looking into whether the Uganda law could apply on him. "We are making inquiries to see whether there is sufficient evidence to have him prosecuted, freed or even benefiting from amnesty," Nankabirwa said.

Kiyemba is held by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force in an unknown location. He was freed without warning two weeks ago as international pressure mounted on America to close the detention camp after a highly critical UN report on the treatment of prisoners there was released. The Americans transferred Kiyemba to Uganda after the British Government refused to help him.
"We don't want him. He's ucky!"
The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Julius Onen, defended the transfer saying Kiyemba is a Ugandan. "He had to be transferred here because he is a citizen," Onen said.

The Justice ministers were unavailable to comment on the legal process.
"Go away."
Human Rights campaigners in the UK are uncertain of Kiyemba's safety in Uganda and have called for his immediate return.
Safety didn't seem to be his biggest concern when he was tramping around in Pak-Land.
Having grown up with his family in the UK, Kiyemba feels more British than Ugandan, and had asked the UK government to help him return to his family.
"Please don't let them kill me!"
Despite being visited by MI5 (British secret service) agents in June 2002, who told Jamal that they consider him British and that he could return to the UK, the British government refused to intervene and on February 9, 2006 the Americans transferred Jamal to Uganda.

On the same day Home Secretary Charles Clarke issued an order indefinitely banning Kiyemba from entering the UK.
"Get out and don't bother coming back!"
Kiyemba was seized by the Pakistani military whilst driving with friends on March 19, 2002. He was interrogated by the Pakistanis and allegedly spent three weeks in an underground hole where US agents occasionally interrogated him.
"Hi Jamal, how's going down there?"
He was then handed over to the Americans and taken to an airfield outside Peshwar, then to Bagram Airforce Base and finally to Guantanamo Bay. Kiyemba claims the Americans forced him to confess to terrorist activities, and that MI5 interrogated him repeatedly, about British terror suspects and the jailed clerics Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada.
"They made me, guys, honest, I didn't rat youse out willingly!"
He is the second Ugandan to have been jailed in Guantanamo Bay after Abas Feroz, who was released early last year.
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Africa Subsaharan
US turns Ugandan Briton over to local authorities
2006-02-16
THE US has returned to Uganda a Ugandan-born Briton, Jamal Kiyemba, one of the 500 prisoners held by the US on Guantanamo Bay in Cuba on suspicion of participating in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC. The UK has disowned Kiyemba.
"Kiyemba? Never heard of him!"
Controversy shrouds his arrest in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Kiyemba was arrested soon after the fall of the Taliban regime following a US-led military operation that hunted in vain for the elusive Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. Foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa said on Sunday, “We have him. He was flown in and handed over last Tuesday (February 7) to the CMI (Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence) for debriefing. The Americans said that although he was arrested in Afghanistan, he was not so key to the September 11, 2001 bombings of New York and Washington DC.” He added, “Initially he wanted to return to his adopted country but the UK said no. After debriefing, and if there is no other problems with him, he will be released because this was his original homeland.”
"Then he's free to go to the Congo and do terrible things to people there."
On Kiyemba’s citizenship, Kutesa said, “Once Britain disowned him, he automatically assumed his original citizenship of Uganda where he was born.” Kiyemba left Uganda when he was 14 years old after his father died in an accident. He joined his mother in London where he finished school and later pursued a degree in pharmacy the University of Leicester. According to the UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Kiyemba was in Pakistan when he was seized and turned over to the Americans for a bounty of $5,000. The IHRC said Kiyemba had never been to Afghanistan until the Americans took him there and there was no evidence that he ever committed a hostile act against the US or anyone else.
"Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! There ain't no evidence. Da witnesses is all dead!"
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Hunger strikers pledge to die in Guantánamo
2005-09-09
My comments in salmon, Jackel in yellow -- he posted a duplicate; great comments though!
More than 200 detainees in Guantánamo Bay are in their fifth week of a hunger strike, the Guardian has been told.
Send the food to Biloxi.
Statements from prisoners in the camp which were declassified by the US government on Wednesday reveal that the men are starving themselves in protest at the conditions in the camp and at their alleged maltreatment - including desecration of the Qur'an - by American guards.

The statements, written on August 11, have just been given to the British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith. They show that prisoners are determined to starve them selves to death. In one, Binyam Mohammed, a former London schoolboy, said: "I do not plan to stop until I either die or we are respected.
I'll go with option "A."
Wonder if he's ever seen a 36-French silastic nasgoastric feeding tube?
"People will definitely die. Bobby Sands petitioned the British government to stop the illegitimate internment of Irishmen without trial. He had the courage of his convictions and he starved himself to death. Nobody should believe for one moment that my brothers here have less courage."
I'm cheering you on.
Yesterday, Mr Stafford Smith, who represents 40 detainees at Guantánamo Bay, eight of whom are British residents, said many men had been starving themselves for more than four weeks and the situation was becoming desperate.
Unlike that of the people trapped on top of the World Trade Center...
He said: "I am worried about the lives of my guys because they are a pretty obstinate lot and they are going to go through with this and I think they are going to end up killing themselves. The American military doesn't want anyone to know about this."

He pointed to an American army claim that only 76 prisoners at the base were refusing food, saying that they were attempting to play down what could be a political scandal if a prisoner were to die.
Why would it be a political scandal? If they don't want to eat, no problem. We put the food on a tray in front of them.
The hunger strike is the second since late June. The first ended after the authorities made a number of promises, including better access to books, and bottled drinking water. The men claim that they were tricked into eating again.

In his statement, Mr Mohammed described how during the first strike men were placed on intravenous drips after refusing food for 20 days. He said: "The administration promised that if we gave them 10 days, they would bring the prison into compliance with the Geneva conventions. They said this had been approved by Donald Rumsfeld himself in Washington DC. As a result of these promises, we agreed to end the strike on July 28.
OK. We'll go in compliance with the convention, sure. Lessee, [flip][flip], ah! Unlawful combatants. Sez here we can give you a summary court and execute you. Well, that's what you wanted, so...
Even if they promised that, these mooks aren't covered by the GC.
"It is now August 11. They have betrayed our trust (again). Hisham from Tunisia was savagely beaten in his interrogation and they publicly desecrated the Qur'an (again). Turns over cue card and reads from other side Saad from Kuwait was ERF'd [visited by the Extreme Reaction Force] for refusing to go (again) to interrogation because the female interrogator had sexually humiliated him (again) for 5 hours _ Therefore, the strike must begin again."
Five hours of sexual humiliation? That would run into some serious money in Nevada.
We had a lap-dancing post recently, as I recall, with talk of serious coinage ...
In another declassified statement, Omar Deghayes, from Brighton, said: "In July, some people took no water for many days. I was part of the strike and I am again this time. Some people were taken to hospital, and put on drip feeds, but they pulled the needles out, as they preferred to die. There were two doctors. One wanted to force feed the men, but they got legal advice saying that they could not if the men refused.

"In the end the military agreed to negotiate. We came off the strike [on July 28 2005], but we gave them two weeks, and if the changes were not implemented we would go back on strike."
Next time, no negotiations.
Yesterday, Mr Deghayes's brother, Abubaker, pleaded with the British government to intervene on his brother's behalf. "I'm really worried. Something really needs to be done. We can't just allow people to be oppressed and tortured," he said.
Well, we can, as long as they are infidels or women.
Another prisoner, Jamal Kiyemba, from Battersea, south London, said in an account of the July hunger strike: "Many of the prisoners collapsed, as they would not drink water. More than 30 were hospitalised. I am in Camp IV and we joined in." He added: "Eventually, because people were near death, the military caved and let us set up a prisoner welfare council of six prisoners."

Jamil el Banna, another British resident, described how the guards were again searching the Qur'an by hand, which they had agreed to stop.
"Yeah, when we defile a Qur'an it's ... different ... somehow."
Last night a Pentagon spokesman denied that there were more than 200 hunger strikers: "There are 76 detainees doing a voluntary fast at present. There are nine detainees in hospital as a result of their hunger strike.
But do you believe the Pentagon or a lawyer for terrorists?
"They are listed as being in a stable condition and they are recieving nutrition." Asked if they were being force fed, he said: "They are being held in the same standards as US prison standards... they don't allow people to kill themselves via starvation."
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