Ugandans In U.K. Terror Charges

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Two Ugandans arrested with other individuals in police raids appeared before a British court yesterday on charges that they had engaged in training for terrorism in an isolated location in the U.K. They are charged under the new Terrorist Act 2006, which allows detentions for up to 28 days without charges.

Yassin Mutegombwa, 22, and Hassan Mutegombwa, 20, both of Norwood, South London, hail from Kyagwe County, in Uganda. The elder Mutegombwa, was charged with three counts of “receiving training for terrorism,� contrary to section 6 of the Terrorism Act 2006; the younger Mutegombwa was charged with one count of procuring funds for terrorism contrary to section 15 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

According to the authorities the elder brother allegedly “received terrorism training� in Woodland near a campsite in Lyndhurst, southern England, and at White Waltham, west of London. The charge against the younger brother alleges that he "invited another to provide money and intended that it should be used, or had reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for the purpose of terrorism."

The two were among 14 people arrested September 1 across London in overnight police raids. British anti-terror laws allow the suspects to be held for up to 28 days without being charged so long as the court approves. The authorities didn’t say what or who were the intended targets. Two of those arrested have been released without charge.
“This matter is with the police,� said, Joan K. Rwabyomere, Uganda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, when contacted for comment.

The Terrorism Act in Britain that became a law in March 2006, turns into an offence to be at a place when and where the training is taking place and it also includes clauses banning the glorification of terrorism.

Miwambo writes for The Black Star from London.

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