6 January 2013

Tanzania: Bail Deferred for Uamsho Leaders

A magistrate court in Zanzibar informed 10 leaders of the Islamist Uamsho group that they will remain in prison without bail until the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) orders otherwise, Tanzania's Daily News reported Saturday (January 5th).

"You have to wait until the DPP reverses blockage for bail," said Regional Magistrate Yessaya Kayange. The court will revisit their case January 14th.

Police apprehended the leaders on October 19th after police located Uamsho leader Sheikh Farid Hadi Ahmed, who had disappeared for four days. Ahmed's disappearance sparked violent demonstrations across Zanzibar that led to the arrest of 51 people.

The accused are facing charges of sabotage, incitement to violence and conspiracy to commit a felony. They have not yet entered a plea because the regional magistrate does not have jurisdiction in their case. Defence lawyers are attempting to secure bail for the men, and to move their case to the High Court so it may proceed.

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