Red Pepper journalists released on bail – sureties bonded at 20M each
Court has granted bail to eight journalists and managers of pepper publications who are battling several charges including publication of information prejudicial to security, libel and offensive communication.
The eight suspects; Richard Tusiime, Johnson Musinguzi, Patrick Mugumya, Arinatiwe Rugyendo, Richard Kintu, Ben Byarabaha, Francis Tumusiime and James Mujuni were granted a 20 million non-cash bail. Their sureties were also ordered to pay 20M not cash.
Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Samuel Kagoda read the ruling on behalf of trial Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda.
Prosecution alleges that the accused on the 20th /Novemever 2017 at the Red pepper offices in Namanve, Mukono district, unlawfully caused publication and distribution of a newspaper head line regarding the military operations, strategies and troop location well knowing that such publication can disrupt public Order and security.
The accused are said to have caused publication and distribution of newspaper story lines that injured the reputations of President Yoweri Museveni, Gen. Salim Saleh and security minister Lt.Gen Henery Tumukunde which publication allegedly subjected the trio to hatred, contempt and ridicule.
They are further said to have willfully and repeatedly used their computers for no legitimate purposes to disturb the peace and privacy of President Museveni, Gen Saleh and Lt Gen Tumukunde by portraying them as people who contrived a plot to over throw the president of the Republic of Rwanda.