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Kwoyelo’s Defence Trial Adjourned For Second Time Over Ill Health

Kwoyelo in Court

By Tolit Ivan

The defence trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army Rebel Commander Thomas Kwoyelo before the International Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda sitting at the Gulu High Court circuit was this morning adjourned for the second time in two days over his deteriorating health condition.

On Thursday it was adjourned to Friday after he told court that he was not feeling well and need time to rest.

On Friday morning, when his defense trial resumed, his lawyers, comprising of Alaka Caleb, Evans Ochieng and Opwonya Charles Dalton, applied for another adjournment saying their client was yet to get well and still undergoing treatment. This was after the Prisons Medical Department produced a medical report  indicating that Kowyelo’s pressure had risen from the normal 89 to 147 and ulcers was taking toll on his life due to poor eating habit and failing to take his medication on time during the past four days that he has been in court.

Justice Michael Elubu, the Presiding Judge of the International Crimes Division of the High Court, adjourned the proceeding until Monday at 9am.

Kwoyelo whose trial commenced in September 2018 has been in custody at Luzira Maximum Prison since 2009 after being captured by the Ugandan Army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March same year. He is facing 78 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity he allegedly committed between 1992 and 2005 in Kilak County, then Gulu District now in Amuru District.

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