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Idi Amin's son jailed over UK murder

AFP , LONDON

A son of the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was jailed earlier this year over his role in a brutal murder in London, it was revealed on Friday after reporting restrictions were lifted.

Faisal Wangita was among a 40-strong gang that took part in a horrific attack on an 18-year-old Somali, Mahir Osman, in a busy north London street popular with revelers and tourists in January last year.

Osman died within minutes of being stabbed 20 times, hit with baseball bats, bottles and hammers, punched and kicked in a brutal slaying that was caught on closed-circuit TV cameras.

Three youths were jailed for life in May for his murder.

Wangita, 25, was cleared of murder but convicted of conspiracy to wound with intent and violent disorder and jailed for five years.

London's Central Criminal Court heard that Wangita, who joined in the attack, kicking the victim on the ground, was a "serious risk to the public."

The jury was not told he was Amin's son until after his conviction for fear of prejudicing his case.

Reporting restrictions allowing his identity to be disclosed were lifted after another trial of a youth for Osman's murder ended last month with the jury failing to reach a verdict.

Prosecutors decided not to pursue a retrial during an administrative hearing at the same court on Friday, leading to a contempt of court order being lifted.

Wangita's trial heard he claimed he was born in November 1981 but was born in February 1983. His papers said he was born in Uganda but he told police he was born in Saudi Arabia.

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