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Red Pepper Bosses Return to Court

Pepper Publication directors and editors are back in court this morning, hoping to secure bail from Luzira Prison where they were remanded by Buganda Road Court late last month.

Directors Arinaitwe Rugyendo, James Mujuni, Johnson Byarabaha, Patrick Mugumya, and Richard Tusiime, and editors Ben Byarabaha, Richard Kintu and Francis Tumusiime are being charged among others with disturbing the peace of President Yoweri Museveni, Minister Henry Tumukunde and Gen. Salim Saleh.

The charges arise from a story they published on November 20th suggesting that President Youweri Museveni was working to overthrow Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

These appeared for the first time in court on November 27th, where they were read the charges and through their lawyers Max Mutabingwa and Geoffrey Kandeebe applied to be released on bail.

However, the state Prosecutor Abdul Salaam Waiswa asked the trial magistrate to remand the accused to prison, to allow state ample time to peruse through and substantiate the authenticity of the documents which were presented in court by the sureties.

He also told court that there was need for more time for the investigating officers to swear affidavits in relation to some of the issues which were raised by the applicants.

The state prosecution is today expected to be replaying to the submissions of the defence counsels during the first sitting.

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