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DPP withdraws case against Red Pepper editors

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has withdrawn a case in which Red Pepper editors and directors were charged with libel, computer misuse and publication of content that is prejudicial to national security.

The cases stem from a story published in The Red Pepper issue of November 20, 2017 indicating that President Yoweri Museveni was plotting to overthrow his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame.  

Red Pepper directors and editors in court earlier 

On trial were the founding directors of Pepper Publications, the company that owns Red Pepper; Arinaitwe Rugyendo, Patrick Mugumya, Johnson Musinguzi, Richard Tusiime and James Mujuni, and editors; Ben Byarabaha, Richard Kintu and Tumusiime Francis.

They were jointly arrested on November 21, 2017, following a police raid of their offices in Namanve, along Jinja Road.  They were arraigned before Buganda Road on November 27, 2017, remanded to Luzira prison after a week in detention at Nalufenya police station in Jinja and granted bail after a month in detention. Meanwhile, the company premises in Namanve were cordoned off until last month.

Today, Buganda Road Court Magistrate Samuel Kagoda closed the case after Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) lawyer Abdul Salaam Waiswa told the court he received instructions from DPP on March 15 to withdraw the case.

He told the court that the case withdrawal was influenced by an agreement entered between "the accused and the complaints."

The accused met Museveni on January 23, 2018 who pardoned them and cautioned them against reckless reporting. The president also allowed them to resume publication of the Red Pepper and its sister products.

The Red Pepper resumed publications on January 27. For the past two months, the state prosecutor and the defense lawyer have been telling the court that reconciliation talks are ongoing.

Comments

+3 #1 ainembabazi 2018-03-27 12:27
Hahahahahahah. This is laughable indeed. The state is not ashamed to be a laughing stock. Banana republic indeed.
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+3 #2 Ugthinker 2018-03-27 14:06
Musevenism won’t spare anything in Uganda! Businesses, schools, hospitals, courts etc!

Why should these fellows, going by media reports, loose properties and business, if they had no case to answer?

By the way many of Museveni’s victims are his yesterday supporters! MUSEVENI is a SPOILT SPOOILER, the earlier Ugandans get that, the better for everyone! We are all winners without Museveni.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2018-03-28 16:26
In other words, the Red Pepper was right!
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0 #4 Robert Atuhairwe 2018-03-28 19:52
Any hope for compensation?
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0 #5 WADADA rogers 2018-03-29 00:31
Oh dear, i think this is the price we pay for acting out of emotions, who was the architect of this level of high handedness?

I am imagining how much money, inconvenience and embarrassment my good friends at red pepper have suffered, who is going to compensate them for this mess.
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