Court proceedings have begun in the Ugandan capital Kampala today against the former rebel leader Jamil Mukulu, who is charged with rebellion and aiding terrorism. He led the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) forces, which operated in the west of the country in the 90s and later pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda
The charges against Mr Mukulu, together with 34 others, range from launching a rebellion against the Ugandan government, several counts of terrorism, crimes against humanity, aiding and abetting terrorism, and murder. In the 1990s and early 2000s his ADF rebel forces conducted many attacks on villages and were responsible for a violent incident at Kichwamba Technical College in 1998, where 80 students were burnt alive.
Government military pressure forced them to flee into eastern DR Congo, where they joined up with local militia and renamed themselves ADF-NALU. Mr Mukula was arrested in Tanzania in early 2015 and extradited to Uganda. The pre-trail hearing is expected to last a month.
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