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UCU student reverses guilty plea in pornography trial

Lillian Rukundo
Lillian Rukundo, a 23-year-old student of Uganda Christian University (UCU) has altered her plea and pleaded 'not guilty' to charges of broadcasting pornographic material and computer misuse.  

Rukundo is accused of taking pictures and videos of her nakedness and circulating them on social media. She had pleaded guilty to the charges early this week and was due for sentencing on Friday afternoon.

Instead, Rukundo told court presided over by Buganda Road chief magistrate Mariam Ayo Okello that she's not the person in the still pictures and video circulating on social media. Upon the change of her plea, the magistrate remanded her to Luzira prison until July 16 when she will return to court to begin the trial.

Rukundo was arrested on Friday, July 5, 2018, from Mukono on the orders of the Pornographic Control Committee after receiving information that Rukundo had taken a video and pictures and shared them on social media and on an online television; Ghetto TV on May 24 and 25, 2018.

Prosecution alleges that Rukundo, while in her hostel in Mukono produced a video of herself masturbating and shared it through social media for purposes of sexually arousing whoever watched it. She now faces 10 counts of broadcasting pornographic material of her naked body.

Ashraf Kato, the proprietor of Ghetto TV popularly known as Arshburg Kato was the first to be arrested when he published the said video on his Youtube channel and is currently on remand in Luzira prison. 

Comments

+1 #1 okellofn 2018-07-15 12:37
I think she should be handle according to the law not to over punish her.

she need serious advise because she is still young .
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+1 #2 kabayekka 2018-07-15 16:57
One wonders how much of the Uganda tax payers money is going to be spent on such an African expertise by this Uganda Ponographic Control Committee(UPCC) in the prevention of international ponography solely against Ugandan citizens getting involved in an international(universal) sex crime.

Indeed there are millions of African people that are involved in this kind of sexual media crime not only as participants but as viewers.
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-1 #3 Lakwena 2018-07-16 08:09
In other words, socially and culturally; whose daughter is this?
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0 #4 WADADA rogers 2018-07-16 08:16
Oh dear, on the contrary, i think she should be punished heavily to deter the habit of photographing themselves naked and exposing the same for others to see, others have had their pictures exposed by phone thieves, jealous lovers among others but it must come to an end.

why take in the first place or store on phone pictures of one's nakedness. Well, of course UCU will fore her but i also believe her denial wont help, if its her pictures with a corresponding face, lets wait and see
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0 #5 Marvin Nob 2018-07-18 21:51
Guys let me tell you those people who are in porn acts are old enough coz I think dat in Uganda some one to be elder he or she have to be 18 and above years so every person has rights in our country so leave the people to do what they want unless u want citizens to move out of country
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