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Six charged in case of murdered journalist

(HRNJ-Uganda/IFEX) - Rakai, 30 September 2010 - The Grade II Magistrate in Kalisizo court, Charles Lutaaya, committed Katumba Geoffrey, Lubega Joseph, Misango Peter, Kalveeri Mulokole, Jjunju Ibrahim, Buberwa Siraje and Kawooya Fred to the Masaka High Court.

The six suspects are facing trial over the brutal murder of Masaka-based Top Radio reporter Paul Kiggundu who was mobbed to death by commercial motorcyclists on 11 September 2010. He was covering the demolition of the garden and homestead of suspected robber Kagayi Frank, who was accused of robbery and the murder of fellow biker Ssengooba Eddy. Eddy had been their chairman at the FINCA stage in Ntovu, Kasaali subcounty in Kyotera district in the southern part of Uganda.

The suspects did not enter a plea due to the capital nature of the case which is only tried by the High Court. The judge remanded them to prison until 13 October 2010.

"As the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), we welcome the action of bringing the suspected murderers to book. But we feel that enough has not yet been done as more suspects are still at large. So the police should move fast to make more arrests and in prosecuting the case," said HRNJ-Uganda board chairman Robert Ssempala.

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