The US Mission in Uganda has confirmed that former Guantanamo detainee Jamal Kiyemba has been detained in an operation that resulted in arrests of several individuals suspected of being involved in the assassination of Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi.
The operation was carried out by the Uganda Police Force with the support of U.S. government personnel.
Who is Jamal Kiyemba?
He was raised in a Roman Catholic family just outside of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. In the 1980’s after his father's death, he joined the rest of his family in London from where he converted to Islam in 1999.
After the 9/11 attacks in the US, Kiyemba went to Pakistan, where he joined the Taliban, believing it would help him find solidarity with other Muslims.
In 2001 Pakistani officials, captured Kiyemba and handed him over to US authorities. Within a year, Kiyemba was shackled and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay where he would remain for the next four years.
In 2005, Kiyemba was part of a hunger strike protesting the conditions at Guantanamo. He reportedly confessed to terrorist activities as a result of the torture and threats by the military guards.
Kiyemba was finally released in 2006 following a Department of Defense Administrative Review Board hearing. The US had intended to return him to his country of residence, England, but he was denied entry there and he returned to Uganda in April 2006.