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Ex-Gitmo detainee held in Uganda over killing of prosecutor

An Ugandan policeman holds his weapon during an arrest of people suspected of murdering Joan Kagezi, a senior Ugandan prosecutor, on the outskirts of Uganda's capital Kampala April 7, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena

KAMPALA, Uganda: Ugandan authorities have arrested a Ugandan man who once was detained at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of playing a role in the killing last month of a local prosecutor who handled terror cases, police said Wednesday.

Jamal Kiyemba was arrested with three others as they held a meeting in a Kampala suburb Tuesday, Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga told The Associated Press.

Enanga said the arrests were made with the help of U.S. officials who helped to track down Kiyemba.

"There was an operation which we carried out with our counter-terrorism team because we suspect that Jamal Kiyemba and his colleagues have been involved in some form of criminality," he said.

He said that while there was no conclusive evidence tying Kiyemba to the killing on March 30 of Ugandan prosecutor Joan Kagezi, detectives were questioning him about his possible role in that crime and a range of other offenses.

Kiyemba is a convert to Islam who once lived in the U.K. before he traveled to Pakistan, where he was arrested as a terror suspect and was later detained at Guantanamo Bay, Enanga said, citing a profile of Kiyemba supplied by American officials.

Ugandan police Tuesday made several arrests over the killing of Kagezi, who is believed to have been targeted by Islamic extremists because of her public role as a senior prosecutor handling terror cases and international crimes.

Kagezi was shot twice by gunmen 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.

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 the 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.

 

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