Red Pepper Journalists, Directors Remanded further

By APN Reporter


Emotions ran high at Buganda Road Chief Magistrates’ Court today
afternoon as court further remanded five directors and three editors
of a local tabloid, the Red Pepper.

Chief Magistrate, James Ereemye Mawanda, remanded the group until 19th December, to scrutinize submission of both the defence lawyers and prosecution, to determine whether or not to grant them bail.

The remanded are, Arinaitwe Rugyendo, 41, Richard Kintu, 33, James Mujuni, 42, Patrick Mugumya, 40, Richard Tusiime, 45, Johnson Musinguzi alias Byarabaha, 44, Ben Byarabaha, 38 and Francis Tumusiime, 43. Shortly after the accused were remanded, their relatives broke down and cried, as they left the courtroom. The journalists are accused of defaming President Yoweri Museveni, his brother Gen. Salim Saleh and security minister Henry Tumukunde.

Prosecution alleges that the accused on 20th November, at their head offices in Mukono with intent to defame the trio unlawfully and
without justification published an article dubbed “M7 plots to
overthrow Kagame-Rwanda”.
According to state attorney Abdulsalam Waiswa, the publication injured the trio’s reputation, disturbed their peace and also subjected them to hatred, contempt and ridicule.

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