Okelo Akaye and et. al Sentenced Seven to Nine Years Imprisonment
Okelo Akaye and et. al
Sentenced Seven to Nine Years Imprisonment
Federal high court
Lideta 19 criminal bench sentenced Okelo Akaye and et. al up to nine years
rigorous imprisonment. Both defendants and federal prosecutor file their
mitigation and aggravation statement on April 25, 2016 and today April 27, 2016
court render the final sentencing.
Though on its
aggravation statement prosecutor demanded court to apply the new punishment
guideline to render judgment court declined to accept the request because the
defendants was found guilty of crime which happened mostly before the
implementation of the new guideline in 2013. and since there were no lives
claimed or property damaged in their criminal action court dismiss prosecutors
claim to aggravate the punishment.
Prosecutor also claimed
that their criminal activity would have claimed many lives, damage property and
they would have brought serious national security danger if they were not
caught and requested the court to make the sentencing at aggravated level.
The court over ruled that too.
In the other hand court
accepted the aggravating suggestion by the prosecutor saying, the court shall
increase the penalty of the defendants because they acted together, form a
criminal group to commit crimes.
Court accepted the
defendant’s mitigation suggestion that they have never been guilty of any
criminal charges before and also that they are responsible for their families.
In the other hand the
court decline first defendant mitigation statement asking the court to lower
punishment because he has been serving Gambela region as well as the
federation in different capacity including the region health office from 1986
to 2000 till being the regional president in 2004
As a result first
defendant Okelo Akaye by being member and leader of Gambela People Libration
Movement and acting on secession of the region Gambela from the federation the
court sentenced him for nine years imprisonment.
Second defendant David
Ujulu by being member and foreign affair of Gambela People Libraetion Movement
and acting on secession of the region Gambela from the federation, the court
sentenced him for nine years rigorous imprisonment.
Third to seventh
defendants (Uchan Opeye, Uman Nkyew, Ujulu Chamo, Ataka Uwar and Obang Umed) by
being member of the Gambela Peoples Freedom Movement and participate in
different activities of the group the court sentenced them to seven years
rigorous imprisonment each.
First charged by the
federal prosecutor on June 2014, Okelo Akaye and et.al court order the
prohibition of their public right for two years.