By Kampala Sun writer
Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court today (Tuesday) granted Sh 20 million non-cash bail to five Red Pepper directors and three editors.
The five directors and three editors of a local tabloid, the Red Pepper publications were accused of defaming President Yoweri Museveni.
The suspects appeared before Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda, who will delivered a ruling on their bail application in the morning.
They are Arinaitwe Rugyendo, 41, Richard Kintu, 33, James Mujuni, 42, Patrick Mugumya, 40, Richard Tusiime, 45, Johnson Musinguzi alias Byarabaha, 44, Ben Byarabaha, 38, and Francis Tumusiime, 43.
They have spent close to a month in custody at Luzira Prison. The accused are battling seven counts of defamation and offensive communication in relation to a November 20, article headlined ‘M7 plots to overthrow Kagame’.
The suspects were arrested last month after a police siege at the Red Pepper offices in Namanve. They were later detained at the dreaded Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja.
When they appeared before the court and applied for bail through their lawyer Maxim Mutabingwa, it was denied. Their application for bail was thwarted by state prosecutor Abdu Salaam Waiswa who asked for more time to scrutinize the documents presented by their sureties. He asked the court to remand them investigations continue.