Friday, January 14, 2011

ATTORNEY THROWS OUT MUSEVENI CARTOON CASE


Kampala — A State Attorney has ordered closed a case in which the owner and editor of Summit Business Review magazine were accused of publishing a cartoon that embarrasses President Museveni.

Dr Samuel Ssejaaka, the magazine director, and editor Mustapha Mugisha were arrested on Tuesday. The cartoon was published on the magazine's cover page of October 2010 issue and on billboards.

However, Kampala Metropolitan spokesman Ibin Ssenkumbi said the prosecutor advised them to get more facts. "If the Resident State Attorney had ordered the case closed then we wouldn't have summoned the suspects to police the next day. He just advised us to carry out more investigations," he said. The case, which is allegedly being pushed by security agents, was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Directorate in Kibuli to patch up the loopholes.

Dr Ssejaaka told journalists that the police have not informed him of the offence he has committed. "These detectives told me that the cartoon brought disrepute to the President but I see it nowhere on the case file. I am just amused," Dr Ssejaaka said.

The suspects yesterday appeared before the commissioner in charge of political offences, Remmy Twinomugisha, who extended their bond

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