Ugandan Terror Suspects’ Sentencing Friday

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Ugandan court is set to sentence two terror suspects on Friday for twin bombings that killed 76 people in the capital, Kampala last July.

Both suspects pleaded guilty to terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism at the High Court in Kampala on Tuesday.

Edris Nsubuga faces a death sentence for his conviction on three counts of terrorism.

Muhamoud Mugisha was convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorism and could get up to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors expect to call both men to testify in the trials of 12 other suspects in the Kampala bombings.

The Somali insurgent group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings, which targeted a group of people who had gathered to watch the 2010 World Cup final.

The group said the attack was revenge for Uganda's role in the African Union peacekeeping force that is helping the Somali government battle al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab is trying to seize power in Somalia and turn the country into an Islamic state. The Kampala bombings marked the first time the group carried out a major terror attack outside Somalia.