NEWS UPDATES FROM THE COURT CONCERNING ERICK KABENDERA’s CASE:

Today, 5th August, 2019, investigative journalist, Erick Kabendera, who has been detained for more than 7 days has been arraigned in court charged with three counts;

1. Money Laundering (contrary to S. 3(u), 12(d) and 13(1)(a) of Anti-Money Laundering Act).

2. Tax Evasion(TZS 173,247,047.02) (Contrary to S 105 (a) of the Income Tax Act).

3. Leading organized crime. (Contrary to Paragraph 4(1) (c) of the first Schedule to, and Sections 57(1) and 60(2) of the Economic and Organized Crime Control Act).

The case that was supposed to be heard was the one regarding his Bail Application brought by advocates from the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) last week.

According to the law, these offenses are not bailable therefore Erick will go back to detention while the investigation is ongoing.

The accused was not supposed to respond to the allegations for the court has no mandate to hear the case. It has to be noted that initially he was arrested and interrogated for Sedition and publication of false information but the allegations mentioned today in court are different hence raising many queries on; Why he has never been interrogated on the allegations leveled against him today?

The case will be mentioned again on 19th August 2019.

#FreeErickKabendera

 

Issued by the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC),
Dar es Salaam,
On 5th August 2019