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Red pepper editors denied bail and sent back to Luzira Prison until December 19th

By Edgar Watma

The directors and editors of The Red Pepper Publications Limited were today sent back to Luzira prison until December 19, when court shall resume hearing of their bail attempts.

James Mawanda Eremye, a magistrate of the Buganda Road Magistrates Court ruled today that he needed more time to scrutinise documents submitted by the state and defence lawyers before he could make a ruling.

The eight appeared before the chief magistrate this morning a week before they were sent to Luzira and those involved are directors and  some editors on the list below. Arinaitwe Rugyendo, Ben Byarabaha, Tumusiime Francis, Johson Musinguzi, Richard Tumusiime, Patrick Mugumya, James Mujuni and Richard Kintu.

They were charged with disturbing president Museveni’s peace, that of his brother Salim sally and the security minister Gen. Henry Tumukunde’s as well through defamation before applying for bail.

Lawyers representing eight directors and editors of the Red Pepper publications LTD said they are thinking of another option after court deferred ruling on bail.

Speaking to journalists shortly after adjournment, Maxim Mutabingwa, one of the lawyers, said he is going to consult his clients to consider another option that would see them released before Christmas.

“It is unfair for the court to take a month so as to be able to determine bail for a simple case.I will talk to them to see if we can appeal in High Court for revision and the case file summoned to hear the bail application,” Mutabingwa concluded

“The manner in which they committed the offences using computer systems and electronic communication which means if released, they will have access to their computers, emails and phones which they can use to delay investigations,” said Waiswa the state prosecutor

He also went further and said that based on some of the evidence so far collected, the offence they committed exposes the security of not Uganda and Rwanda but also the entire region asking that they should not be retained in prison.


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