Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Uganda Update: Journalist released on bond, mobile phone confiscated

Kampala, 04th/08/2010: The interrogation of Uganda Record journalist Timothy Kalyegira by police has entered a second day but sanctioning charges of sedition remains a challenge.

The Penal code act has not been amended to cater for crimes committed by an online publisher. According to the lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi police has to provide the place where the crime was committed if the law on sedition will be used against Kalyegira.

Although Kalyegira flanked by lawyer Rwakafuuzi arrived at Kira road police station as early as 9:30am on the 03rd/08/2010 but the interrogation kicked off at 12:54pm. Police seemed unprepared since they had to extract the alleged seditious publications from the Uganda Record’s website.

The interrogation which was conducted on camera lasted for two hours headed by the head of Media Offences Department Commissioner of Police (CP) Kuteesa Simon Peterson. The Media Offences Department is part of the Criminal Investigation Department of Uganda police Force responsible for media related crimes established in 2008.

The police during the interrogation searched Kalyegira’s mobile telephone and confiscated it. “Police wanted to search Kalyegira’s home but they changed their mind.

He was released on police bond after two people namely; Robert Kalumba and Chris Obore stood sureties for him. Under the police file number CRB 2400/10 he’s required to report back to Kira road police station on 04th/08/2010 at 9:00am.

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