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Kwoyelo’s trial adjourned over his sick health

19 April 2024, 9:00 am

Emmy Daniel Ojara


Thomas Kwoyelo being assisted. (file photo)

The defense trial of former Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) fighter, Thomas Kwoyelo has been adjourned due to his ill health.

Kwoyelo`s lawyers told the court on Thursday that their client had complained of surging pressure and ulcer disease which could not allow him to proceed with the trial.

They noted that Kwoyelo raised concerns to them that he was feeling unwell and requested medical attention.

Evans Ochieng, one of Kwoyelo`s lawyers said that Kwoyelo is a known patient of pressure and ulcers, and this could have gone high making him unable to proceed with the court.

He asked the court to adjourn to give their client time.

Ochieng said Kwoyelo will be taken to prison for medical attention and will resume based on a comprehensive report from the prison medical staff.

…………….Evans ….on court /Eng

Another defense lawyer, Caleb Alaka, told the court that they want the prisons to take full responsibility for Kwoyelo`s health since the defense team is incapacitated to handle him.

The panel of judges comprising Andrew Bashaija, Stephen Mubiru, Michael Elubu, and Duncan Gaswaga adjourned the court to Friday.

Kwoyelo is defending himself before the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court against 78 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the civilian population of northern Uganda.