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Red Pepper Bosses Out on Bail

Ugandan Red Pepper

The Red Pepper Directors and editors are out on bail. The five directors and three editors were released on Tuesday morning in a ruling red by Samuel Kagoda, the Buganda road Grade one magistrate on behalf of the Chief Magistrate, James Ereemye Mawanda.

The directors include Arinaitwe Rugyendo, Patrick Mugumya, Johnson Musinguzi, Richard Tusiime and James Mujuni, and Editors are Ben Byarabaha, Richard Kintu and Tumusiime Francis. Ereemye directed the Red Pepper Directors and editors to execute a non-cash bond of Shillings 20million.

He also directed them to deposit their passports with court. The Red Pepper Directors and editors have been on remand since they were picked up on November 21st, 2017. The arrest came after police raided the Pepper Publication offices based in Namanve along the Kampala- Jinja Highway.

The arrest came after Red Pepper published a story claiming that President Yoweri Museveni was plotting to overthrow Rwandan president, Paul Kagame. They were arraigned in court on three counts of libel, three counts of computer misuse and one count of publication of a story prejudicial to national security.

Court remanded them to Luzira Prisons after a week in detention at Nalufenya Police facility in Jinja. The suspects are expected to return to court on January 19th because investigations are still ongoing.

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