Uganda: 3 arrested over killing of terror prosecutor
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Tuesday arrested at least three people in connection with the killing last month of a senior prosecutor who was involved in the trial of a dozen men accused of being Islamic extremists who had participated in bombings in 2010 which killed more than 70 people.
The suspects — who once lived in the Kampala neighborhood where prosecutor Joan Kagezi was shot dead — had changed their physical address three times, leading a surveillance team to suspect they played a role in the killing, Ugandan police chief Kale Kayihura told reporters on Tuesday.
Police searched an apartment on the outskirts of Kampala that the suspects, who were not identified, occupied before they were arrested.
“We got information about some suspects who have been moving from place to place ... They were moving, trying to escape from us,” Kayihura said as the police searched the flat, which had been cordoned off like a crime scene and a crowd gathered nearby to watch.
Ugandan police believe Islamic extremists killed Kagezi because of her public role as a senior prosecutor who handled international crimes and terror cases.
Kagezi was shot twice by gunmen on March 30 after she left her car — in which she was traveling with two of her children on the way home from work — to buy groceries in a Kampala suburb. After shooting her in the head and neck, the gunmen fled on a motorcycle during heavy vehicular traffic, according to local police.
The U.S. Embassy in Uganda described Kagezi as a “heroine in the forefront of the fight against crime and terrorism.”
Kagezi had been a prosecutor in the ongoing trial of 12 suspects accused of being involved in the July 2010 bombings here in which more than 70 people were killed while watching a soccer World Cup final on TV.
Those bombings were carried out by al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic extremist group which opposes Uganda’s military involvement in Somalia.