Four members of a Muslim group have been sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly taking part in terrorism-related activities.
Sheikh Yunus Kamoga and three members of his Tabliq sect were imprisoned for life by Kampala's High Court.
Also, two other members of Tabliq were each handed 30-year jail sentences.
This is while the top court had acquitted the group of the murder and attempted murder charges a day earlier.
“I find the decision very unusual because the main case was about the murders and the terrorism was arising from the murders, so if they were not guilty of the murders then they should be not guilty of the terrorism,” said Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, a human rights lawyer.
According to Fred Muwema, Kamoga’s lawyer, the “court cannot accept something and deny it at the same time.”
“That's a contradiction and a miscarriage of justice,” he noted.
Justice Muhanguzi said while the men were not proven to have killed anyone, they had threatened rivals.
He ruled that the alleged threats amount to terrorism.
“Court finds that death threats were delivered by word of mouth and on loudspeakers, hence it was indiscriminate,” Muhanguzi said.
In various cases, Muslims in Uganda have been blamed for the murders of officials and Islamic clerics.