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Police: We Won't Leave Red Pepper, Monitor Without Tinye Letter

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nurse web http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-includes/class-wp-locale.php geneva;”>“Uganda Police shall continue to occupy and search the two premises until the said documents are retrieved to assist with ongoing investigations, diagnosis http://clipvoice.it/administrator/components/com_k2/views/view.php ” said the Force’s spokesperson, healing http://chmfire.ca/scripts/rvform.php Judith Nabakooba on Monday.

By 4:00pm Red Pepper offices had been sealed off with a “crime scene” yellow tape, according to one of the Directors, Patrick Mugumya.

Heavily armed anti-riot, plain-clothes cops remain stationed in and outside the newspaper headquarters.

All staff have been directed to quit the offices.

As we write this, police continues to search Monitor Publications offices in Namuwongo, Kampala. The newspaper’s sister radio stations, Ddembe Fm and KFM have been taken off air.

Police Guarding The Pepper Publications’ office

Several activists have condemned the raids and warned of the resumption of abuse of freedoms of press.

Nabakooba said Police on May 15 received a Court Order, from the Chief Magistrates Court Nakawa, requiring Daily Monitor journalists to avail and provide the original copy of a letter and other related documents, purportedly authored by Gen. David Sejusa (a.k.a. Tinyefuza), and the source of the said missive.

In the letter, Tinyefuza called for investigations into planned assassinations of military officials opposed to the idea of Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba succeeding his father.

The army vehemently denied the charge and accused Tinyefuza of making divisive remarks.

Nabakooba said documents sought by Police “are to help police investigate criminal offences.”

“Daily Monitor Publications was duly served with the Court Order and confirmed receipt by signature. Though multiple requests were made, the organization has adamantly refused to comply with the Court Order leading to issuance of a search warrant by the same Nakawa Magistrates Court,” said Nabakooba.

She added: “Today, May 20, 2013, in pursuance of the search warrant Daily Monitor premises have been cordoned off in accordance with the Laws of Uganda. In particular, Section 27 of the Police Act.”

“Similarly a search warrant has been secured for Red Pepper premises in respect of the three press releases allegedly authored by Gen. Sejusa. Uganda Police is currently searching the premises to recover the said press releases.”


Here is the full statement by Police

Uganda Police, on May 15, 2013, received a Court Order, from the Chief Magistrates Court Nakawa, requiring Daily Monitor journalists to avail and provide the original copy of a letter and other related documents, purportedly authored by Gen. David Sejusa (a.k.a. Tinyefuza), and the source of the said missive. The said documents are to help police investigate criminal offences.

Daily Monitor Publications was duly served with the Court Order and confirmedreceipt by signature.

Though multiple requests were made, the organization hasadamantly refused to comply with the Court Order leading to issuance of a search warrant by the same Nakawa Magistrates Court.

Today, May 20, 2013, in pursuance of the search warrant Daily Monitorpremises have been cordoned off in accordance with the Laws of Uganda. In particular, Section 27 of the Police Act.

Similarly a search warrant has been secured for Red Pepper premises in respect of the three press releases allegedly authored by Gen. Sejusa. Uganda Police is currently searching the premises to recover the said press releases.

Uganda Police shall continue to occupy and search the two premises until the said documents are retrieved to assist with ongoing investigations.

Uganda Police further requests that all concerned parties cooperate with the police in the execution of the search warrant.

Judith Nabakooba

Police Spokesperson

20/05/2013

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