State Wants Press Thrown Out of Otunnu Case

State Prosecution in the case where former UPC party President Olara Otunnu is  charged with libel before Buganda Road court has asked court to dismiss journalists from hearing of this case in order to protect the first prosecution witness who doesn’t want to testify before cameras.

Appearing before Buganda road grade one magistrate Joan Aciro, price state prosecutor Peter Mugisha informed court that for the safety of his witness, remedy it would be better for this case to be heard with no cameras.

In reply however, defense counsel Asuman Basalirwa opposed this application on grounds that in the last court sitting, the case was heard in chambers but the first state witness Gideon Tugume, a former Top Television journalist raised no issue of putting his life at stake.

“The witness during the last court sitting raised the same information that was heard on all radio and Television stations thus there was no need to hear the case with no cameras”

“I call upon this honorable court to recall the witness and testify afresh in an open court since this matter is for public interest,” the lawyer asserted.

Basalirwa further sighted a case of Uganda Court Reporters against Attorney General where court ordered for fresh hearing in the case which had proceeded in absence of the press.

The magistrate set the 20th of July when she will pronounce her ruling on the matter.

Back to top button
Translate »

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker