Date for retrial of Kayihura tapes case set

KAMPALA. Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court has set November 24 to conduct a retrial of the case in which a police detective is accused of stealing a recording of investigations from the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.
The court decision to retry detective Ronald Poteri follows the October 17 ruling by High Court’s Justice Lydia Mugambe which quashed an earlier decision by Chief Magistrate Lillian Bucyana that ordered in-camera proceeding of the case.
Magistrate Bucyana yesterday said court had received a copy of proceeding in the High Court ruling. However, the hearing could not kick off since the Resident State Attorney, Mr Lino Anguzu, was away attending to other state matters.
Prosecution states that in March, Mr Poteri passed on confidential information to persons not authorised to receive it.
On June 25, magistrate Bucyana barred journalists from covering the trial of detective Poteri on grounds that the evidence in the case was of security nature likely to cause disorder in police and Cabinet leadership.
The journalists, under their umbrella body, the Uganda Court Reporters Association, filed a suit before the High Court, seeking a declaration that all the trial proceedings held in camera were “null and void.”
Justice Mugambe ruled that if the State objects to the release of certain information on security grounds, it must show evidence to prove its claims.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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