Wednesday, July 4, 2012

COURT GRANTS BAIL TO JOURNALIST FACING TREASON


Kampala, 03rd/July/2012; High Court in Kampala has granted bail to a journalist suspected of treason after a year in jail. He however has been remanded to Luzira prison after failing to pay the bail money.
Augustine Okello, a radio presenter at Rhino FM (a branch of Top Radio) in Lira was bonded on UG.X 8 million cash bail which he failed to pay, sending his wife Christine Okello into tears. This was the third bail application after the previous two attempts were rejected.

He was granted bail due to his worsening health condition notably chest pain, high blood pressure and ulcers which have degenerated since his arrest and detention.The court presided over by Justice Lameck Mukasa granted the bail application but with stringent conditions ruling that Okello should deposit his land title and passport with the Registrar of the criminal division of the High Court. He is to report to the Lira District Police Commander every Monday and to the Deputy Registrar of the Criminal Division of Lira every third day of the month. His movement beyond Lira Municipality is also restricted unless with explicit permission from the Registrar of Lira High Court.

Okello’s sureties included a businessman Ogwengi Micheal, a teacher Adonyo David, Enyanga Joel a pharmacist at Lira National Referral hospital and Ekol Frank a close family friend.The HRNJ-Uganda lawyer defending Duncan Ondimu said this bail was a milestone which would give him more time to prepare for the trial. “It’s a welcome development. We can now concentrate on the trial itself.” He remarked soon after securing the bail.

 Okello was kidnapped on the evening of 13th July 2011 in Lira District under unclear circumstances. He was detained incommunicado for more than two weeks and only produced after Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) filed for habeas corpus at the High Court in Lira which pressurized security agencies. He was later presented to Buganda Road court.He is the second journalist from Northern Uganda to be charged with treason after Mega FM’s Otim Patrick who was kidnapped in a similar way. Otim has since been acquitted of the charges along with 13 other suspects.Okello was charged with treason on 1st/Aug/2011 and committed to trial in the High Court on 6th January 2012.

 “HRNJ-Uganda welcomes this development and commends the court for exercising its mandate. We believe that Okello is innocent, but only a victim of persecution. The release of the journalist is grand victory to the journalism fraternity. We appeal to the court to hear and dispose of this matter expeditiously.” said HRNJ-Uganda Programmes Coordinator Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala.

For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Kivebulaya Road – Mengo Kampala Opp. St. Marcelino Pre. School
P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala,Tel: +256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627
E-mail: news@hrnjuganda.org,humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.hrnjuganda.org,BLOG: http://hrnjuganda.blogpost.com

12 comments:

  1. I am truly convinced with your points and have no points to argue with. I am glad that still there are some people who can explain complex topic with the proper flow so that the readers like me can easily understand. orlando bail bondsman

    ReplyDelete
  2. Though i am new here, it seems i was looking for such a post. It feels very good to be here right now. That is why i am posting my comment.Let's have a look on my site whether it is helpful or not. Thanks to all. See you next time.

    bail bonds orlando fl

    ReplyDelete
  3. I liked the posts and cool layout you have here! I would like to thank you for sharing your experience and the time it took to post!! Two Thumbs up!
    bail bonds orlando fl

    ReplyDelete
  4. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.
    bail bonds orlando fl

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm still learning from you, but I try to reach my goals. Since then enjoy reading all the information that appears on your blog.Keep come. Loved it!
    bail bonds orlando fl

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you for providing plenty of useful content. I will bookmark your site and will be coming back as often as I can.
    bail bonds orlando fl

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work. bail bonds

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing such a nice post. I really get some advance links and topics about how the processing of Bail service is done. Really nice post shared.

    Court Bail

    ReplyDelete
  9. It is very imperative to realize and comprehend that Bondsmen are not civil servants nor they are police officers or law enforcement.

    Bail Bonds Auburn

    ReplyDelete
  10. Bail is a Constitutional right that an accused person can exercise. However its Courts jurisdiction to determine the grant

    ReplyDelete
  11. If your loved one is arrested and you want to get them release from the jail , by calling a bail bondsman you can obtain the release of the defendant by giving the full amount of bail in cash to the jail facility where the defendant is being detained.Bail Bonds in Milton

    ReplyDelete
  12. I really liked this part of the article, with a nice and interesting topics have helped a lot of people who do not challenge things people should know... you need more publicize this so many people who know about it are rare for people to know this, Success for you..

    ReplyDelete