Mbabazi: Pedophile Tourist Must Face New Charges

see sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>“Mr. Baro will not be let off lightly because the offences he is alleged to have committed are very grave, ” said Mbabazi in response to our query on government’s position over the case that has triggered national outrage.

We sought Mbabazi’s comments after a lenient sentence of two years handed down to shameless Turkish pedophile Emin Baro sparked fury among Ugandans.

Police authorities say the unruly Emin, 53, sneaked into Uganda six years ago as a tourist. He pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography under Section 23 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 on Tuesday before Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Rosemary Bareebe.

While the law provides for 15 years imprisonment or a fine not exceeding Shs7.2 million upon conviction, Bareebe ruled that by pleading guilty, the tourist had encouraged her to be lenient thus ordering a two year sentence or Shs6 million fine. The tourist paid Shs6m and was supposed to be released Thursday.

Ugandans on social networks Twitter and Facebook have since Tuesday been lobbying Mbabazi to cause the re-arrest of Baro who is expected to be released today after paying a meager fine of Shs6m despite pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Herbert Tumushabe Tweeted: “RT Hon Prime Minister, this is too much, how can we release someone who has molested children, act Sir by ordering his re-arrest.”

Mubatsi Asinja followed suit: “We can do it Let each Ugandan on Twitter tweet to Amama Mbabazi about 50 girls molested by Emin Baro to stop EminBaro Shs6 million release.”

Annoyed Ugandans took to Facebook to vent out their frustrations with the weak and impotent judicial system.

The country has further been enraged by reports that Baro was in 2009 charged by a Malindi Court in Kenya for defiling a 15 year old girl.

Mbabazi concluded: “Your indignation is shared by government. Government will seek a revision of sentence and will prefer more charges against him.”


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