Uganda bombers given life sentences

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Five people convicted of terrorism over the 2010 bomb attacks in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, which killed 74 people, have been given life sentences.

Among them was Isa Ahmed Luyima, the mastermind of the attacks claimed by militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Two others also found guilty of terrorism were given 50 years in jail.

Handing down the sentences, Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said he did not believe that the death sentence would act as a deterrent.

Their guilty verdicts yesterday are thought to be the first convictions of al-Shabab suspects outside Somalia.

Six other men also standing trial were acquitted of terror and murder charges, but one was convicted of a lesser accessory charge.

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