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Their guilty verdicts yesterday are thought to be the first convictions of al-Shabab suspects outside Somalia.
Five other men also standing trial were acquitted of terror and murder charges and another man was convicted of a lesser accessory charge.
In court: Patience Atuhaire, BBC Africa, Kampala
When the eight men came into the courtroom, most of them were dressed in Islamic dress, and carrying copies of the Koran. Before the judge came in, most could be seen silently reading.
The prosecution had sought the highest possible sentence, the death penalty, for the seven found guilty of terrorism. Prosecutors said their crimes were pre-meditated and meticulously planned.
But the defence argued that most of the convicts were young and vulnerable when they were recruited and brain-washed by al-Shabab. Their lawyer also argued that most of them were still capable of reforming.
Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo said that he felt that handing down the death penalty would play into the men's hands.
They stood in the dock and showed hardly any reaction as he read out the sentences.
Lawyers for the five acquitted said their clients have been rearrested and taken outside of Kampala.
Police sources told the BBC's Patience Atuhaire the men were being held for their own safety.