Buganda Road Court has remanded Ashiraf Katto alias Ashburg, the founder of Ghetto TV for broadcasting pornographic material. Ashburg is accused of broadcasting pornographic pictures contrary to Section 13(1) and (2) of the Anti-Pornographic Act, 2014.
He appeared on Friday before the new Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Mariam Ayo. Prosecution alleges that on May 24th, 2018, Katto, a resident of Makindye Stella Zone broadcasted nude pictures of Lillian Rukundo, a mass communication student at the Uganda Christian University in Mukono on Ghetto TV.
Prosecution also alleges that on May 25th, 2018, the accused together with Rukundo posted Rukundo’s nudes with intentions of persuading the viewers sexually, which is illegal in Ugandan laws. Katto pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail on grounds that he spent more than ten days in police cells, where he was tortured.
However, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Mariam Ayo rejected the bail application, saying she couldn’t release him without knowing the whereabouts his co accused, Rukundo. She remanded Kato to Luzira prisons until July 16th, 2018 when he will return to court for the mention of his case.
Katto was picked up together with Rukundo and were locked up at Katwe Police Station. Rukundo was released on police bond while Katto spent about ten days in the cells at Kampala CPS and Katwe Police Station.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says Rukundo will also appear in court on Monday to answer for the same charges. He however, couldn’t explain why she was released on police while Katto was locked up.