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COURT SENTENCES TWO ADF REBALS TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON

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Two people including a top ADF commander have been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment each by the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala after willingly admitting to being part of the rebel and terrorist group.

Ibrahim Ssemwanga and Aisha Nalweyiso   were on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years each after pleading guilty to charges of aiding and abetting terrorism and belonging to ADF, a terrorist organization.

Ssemwanga joined ADF as early as 1999 and was trained in warfare but later participated in carrying out ambushes inside the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2009, Ssemwanga recruited her young relative Aisha Nalweyiso into the rebel activities and she was later taken to DRC where she was taught how to assemble several types of guns and she later returned to Uganda and settled in Lwengo district where she would be given several assignments by Musa Baluku.

In 2017, Ssemwanga was arrested and during interrogation, he admitted that he was working with Nalweyiso who was also later arrested and also led police to a garden in her home in Kyazanga where she had hidden the hand grenade.

When trial started at the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala, Ssemwanga and Nalweyiso opted to plead guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Having listened to the pleas of guilty by the duo, Justice Elizabeth Kabanda sentenced each of them to 14 years imprisonment for aiding and abetting terrorism as well as four years imprisonment for belonging to a terrorist organization however the sentences would run concurrently.

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