Observer reporter arrested, asked best football team, released


Kiyonga [L] was arrested, asked his favourite football team and released

Counter terrorism police Wednesday afternoon arrested a journalist working with The Observer Kampala High Court.

This happened during the trial of the 2010 Kampala bombing 13 terror suspects presided over by High Court Judge, Alphosne Owiny Dolo.

Derick Kiyonga, talked to Insider after his release.

“They [police] didn’t read for me any charge,” he told us.

Kiyonga said police only accused him of passing over notes of the suspects to their lawyers.

Asked where he was detained after arrest, Kiyonga said: “They took me to some house in Nakawa for interrogation”.

“While they were interrogating me, the judge suspended the hearing of the case and ordered for my release. So they had no option.”

Indeed the defence lawyer, Caleb Alaka, went vocal with Justice Alphonse saying the arrest of the journalist was a form of intimidation.

The judge halted the proceedings and demanded that the Officer in Charge of High Court police produces the journalist before the trial could proceed.

The police complied and freed the reporter.

Asked whether he was tortured while in detention, Kiyonga said they only asked him “lame” questions.

“They just ordered me to remove my shoes and belt. They then asked me funny questions.”

We probed further to establish the kind of funny questions the highly trained counter terrorism police asked the journalist.

“They asked me questions like; who is your mother, father, girlfriend and relatives?”

He added: “They also asked what football team I support? They then checked my notebook and asked why I have a poor handwriting.”

When Kiyonga returned, the proceedings were once more set in motion.

During the same trial, an FBI bomb technician said he had been given cell phones and explosive vests which he took to a US laboratory for examination.

The case was adjourned to Friday September 25, for further hearing.

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