15th August 2008
Today 15th August 2008 at
The prosecution told court that the Director of Public Prosecution – DPP has dropped the charges of trespass against Pepe Juliana Onziema, Valentine Kalende and Usaam Mukwaya.
The magistrate court therefore dismissed the charges against the three and acquitted them.
It was a moment of joy and happiness for the LGBTI community of
On 4th June 2008 , three Human Rights Defenders were arrested during the just concluded HIV/AIDS Implementers meeting in
After two days and nights of detention in police cells, the three: Pepe Julian Onziema, Valentine Kalende and Usaam Mukwaya were charged with Criminal Trespass, a charge that carries a one year jail term according to section 302 of the Penal Code of Uganda. They were released on bail on the 6th of June 2008. They appeared in court for several hearings , today court acquitted them of the above charges
SMUG and the entire LGBTI community of
“Justice and equality”.
Justice prevails. :D
It was a bit of a show trial anyway, and with the late invitations issued, there was never any serious charge to answer.
Good to see that the Ugandan high-ups aren't a complete load of tossers, though, and went with the better PR option in the end.
Ugandan style. Princess, noticed that the courts of law and the 'procedures of justice' are being used to at least 'incovenience' anyone who is not, er, having a very 'correct' opinion?
But I have been wondering. Why, why did it continue for so long? I must admit we are no 'security' threat. and I dont see why the government went along prosecuting a silly case like this!
Anyway, we are happy it is done.
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