Rebel leader charged with tourist couple’s murder in Uganda

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On Monday, Ugandan prosecutors charged the commander of a feared military group with criminal charges, including the murder of Dave and Celia Barlow.

This newly married couple was killed with machine guns on their honeymoon in Uganda last month. Their Ugandan guide, Eric Alyai, was also killed during the attack on 17 October in the Queen Elizabeth national park in the south-west of Ugunda.

Celia was a South African and her husband a British citizen.

Abdul Rashid Kyoto, a commander of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, is now on trial (in relation to the murder of the Barlow couple and Alyai) on three counts of murder, two counts of terrorism, three counts of aggravated robbery circumstances and one complaint that he belongs to a terrorist group.

Kyoto is also being investigated for its alleged involvement in a massacre at a school in western Uganda that claimed the lives of 42 people in June. According to local media, most of the victims were children.

Kyoto, also known as Njovu, appeared in court on Monday before the case was adjourned until November 27, Jaquelyn Okui, spokesperson for the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Uganda, told AFP.

Kyoto was arrested last month during an operation on Lake Edward on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Two of his accomplices were shot dead during the operation while “others could have escaped with their weapons in a boat”.

RNews reported earlier that the ADF is an Islamic group with ties to the Islamic State (IS). The group is from Uganda, but mainly operates in the east of the DRC.

The authorities in Uganda and the DRC have intensified their efforts to capture the rebel group in recent months.

Dave and Celia were married in the Cedar Mountains just days before they were killed. The couple had been together for about ten years and were living in England at the time of their death.