Monday, May 10, 2010

Court fixed June 2nd to decide Sedition case trial against journalist

By HRNJ-Uganda News Team

Buganda Road Court has fixed June 2nd to determine whether to stay a sedition case against former Radio One presenter Kalundi Robert Sserumaga.

Serumaga, who was abducted on 11th/September/2010 from WBS TV entrance after a “Kibazo on Friday” talk show by unidentified armed men was whisked away in a car boot to a safe house in Kireka, a Kampala suburb owned by Rapid Response Unit) police where he was tortured for more than 12 hours.

Serumaga who’s the eighth journalist facing sedition charges by last year was later dumped at Central Police Station before being taken to Buganda Road Court where he was accused of making seditious statements while on the television show which allegedly brought into hatred or contempt or to incite disaffection against the person of the president.

In 2005, Andrew Mwenda and East African Media Institution petitioned the constitutional court challenging the law whose ruling has not been delivered staying all pending sedition cases.

Through his lawyer F.K. Mpanga Serumaga asked court to stay the proceedings pending constitutional court ruling on the sedition petition.

Buganda Road Court Grade One magistrate Matega Francis fixed 2nd/June/2010 to deliver his ruling on whether the case should be put on hold.

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