Police Confiscate 4 Computers At Red Pepper

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what is ed geneva;”>One of the computers belongs to the news editor, Ben Byarabaha.

“Yes, it is true four computers, including mine, have been taken out. Yet, detectives had already scanned through all the files and my email,” said Byarabaha.

While Police are yet to prefer charges against Byarabaha, Chimpreports understands the editor is currently recording a statement at publication’s premises.

In a related development, Police have said they are yet to receive “the Court Order that Monitor claims to have.”

In a brief statement released on Thursday, Police said “All Court Orders are supposed to be served to our head of legal department or his assistant. The two officers have been in Parliament discussing amendments on the Public Order Management Bill, has directed by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, yesterday.”

The Force further noted: “The ongoing search by the Police of premises of the Daily Monitor publications and the Red Pepper publications will continue. We wish to state that in conducting this search, indeed, in carrying out this investigation, the Police have acted professionally, and within the law.”

Daily Monitor today accused the police of defying the court order directing them to vacate the Monitor Publications premises they seized since Monday, adding, instead of opening the gates to allow employees to access their offices, police deployed more officers

Mr Tom Mshindi, the Nation Media Group – the owners of Monitor – operations manager, said: “We are very surprised by the police action because it appears their intention is to frustrate the court order.”

Ms Ann Abeja, the company secretary, accused the police of dodging the court order. “We shall continue engaging our lawyers to find possible remedies and dialogue with authorities.”

“Ideally, police have no alternative but to comply with the court directive and vacate the premises because the same magistrate who issued the warrant vacated it but in the process we see more deployment,” the online edition of Monitor quoted Ms Abeja as saying.

Human rights activists, diplomats and political groups across the world have condemned the siege and searching of Uganda media houses.


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