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Uganda rejects calls to free Kenyan activist

KAMPALA, Apr 7 – Uganda on Thursday rejected calls by the Commonwealth Lawyers\’ Association to free a Kenyan rights activist detained over the July 2010 bombings in Kampala that killed 76 people.

The association has been running advertisements in local and foreign media urging Uganda to unconditionally free Al-Amin Kimathi, who was arrested last year while in Kampala to hear the cases of other Kenyans arrested over the attacks.

It said Kimathi\’s detention was arbitrary and an abuse of human rights by the Ugandan government.

"It is unfortunate for any individual or organisation to run adverts accusing the government of unfairly detaining him," Information Minister Kabakumba Masiko told reporters.

"It is even more preposterous for the Commonwealth Lawyers\’ Association to call for his immediate release without consideration of the victims of the heinous crime he is suspected to have involved himself in."

Kimathi has been charged with terrorism, murder, and attempted murder over the July 11, 2010 suicide attacks on two Kampala bars and claimed by Somalia\’s Shebab insurgents.

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