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Uganda World Cup bomb mastermind guilty

Do Not UseDo Not Use 26/05/2016
Isa Ahmed Luyima: Ugandan Isa Ahmed Luyima was the mastermind behind the twin attacks © BBC Ugandan Isa Ahmed Luyima was the mastermind behind the twin attacks

The mastermind of the 2010 bomb attacks in Uganda's capital, Kampala, which killed 74 people, has been found guilty of terrorism.

Family and friends of the victims in court: Many people came to the court to hear the verdicts being read out © BBC Many people came to the court to hear the verdicts being read out

Ugandan Isa Ahmed Luyima was one of seven to be convicted on this charge.

Scene at the Ethiopian Village restaurant in Kampala the morning after the blast: The explosions at two venues in Uganda's capital, Kampala, killed 74 people © AP The explosions at two venues in Uganda's capital, Kampala, killed 74 people

The Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the bombings, which happened during a screening of the World Cup final.

This is thought to be the first major conviction of al-Shabab suspects outside Somalia.

How the verdict was delivered

Who are al-Shabab?

Thirteen men were standing trial on charges relating to the attack on two sites, a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant.

Six of the men were acquitted of terror and murder charges, but one of those was convicted of a lesser charge of accessory after the fact.

The militants targeted Uganda as the country's army provides the largest number of troops to an African Union force fighting them in Somalia.

In court: Patience Atuhaire, BBC Africa, Kampala

Outside, security was tight for Uganda's most high-profile terror trial.

Inside, most of the accused sat through the six-hour judgement by Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, listening keenly and calmly.

From time to time some held their heads in their hands.

While the charges were being read out, one of the suspects appeared to be praying quietly.

Now that the verdicts have been delivered, the survivors have justice six years after the bombings.

And since the attacks a lot has changed here.

People no longer take security for granted and there is a heightened sense of vigilance with more security checks in public places such as bars and shopping malls.

The case was brought to court after a major investigation across East Africa, which was led by the American FBI.

A mobile phone found next to a bomb that failed to detonate helped investigators track down most of the suspects, says the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga in Kampala.

The trial was delayed following allegations by some of the accused, including Luyima, that they were tortured by regional, US and British law enforcement agents.

Some also said they were abducted from Kenya or Tanzania and brought to Uganda to be prosecuted.

The Constitutional Court put aside those claims and said the trial could go ahead.

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