Five terrorists who are responsible for the 2010 bombings in Uganda have been given a life sentence.
The defense attorneys had argued that the men were young and had been brainwashed by Al-Shabab to carry out the attack.
The prosecution however believed they were guilty, arguing that the attack was premeditated and carried out thoroughly. The prosecution had also pushed for a death sentence.
Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo however did not believe the death sentence will be effective and will possibly assist the terrorists indirectly.
“I do not think that the death penalty would assuage the victims and give closure to the indelible pain that society has suffered,” Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said.
In 2010, during the South African World Cup match between the Netherlands and Spain, the Kyadondo Rugby Club and the Ethiopian Village restaurant in Uganda were bombed. The suicide attack was claimed by Somalia’s Al-Shabab and had a death toll of about 76.
The attack was said to be in retaliation against the Ugandan army. Uganda’s army provides the largest troops to the African Union in the fight against Al-Shabab militants in Somalia.
“The hundreds of victims of these wanton acts had nothing to do with the decision to deploy the UPDF in Somalia,” Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said. “And yet because of these senseless and indiscriminate attacks, they are either dead or permanently living with the scars of these deeds.”
Two others were found guilty of the 2010 bombings as well and convicted to 50 years in jail. One more will do community service because he had been detained longer than the three years he could have served for being an accomplice to the attack.
Four of the convicted men were Kenyans, three were Ugandans and one was a Tanzanian.