Uganda: British gay rights supporter freed on bail

He was released on cash bail of $200 with four sureties at $400 bond each
British National David Cecil Edward Hugh appearing before Kampala's Makindye Magistrate Court September 17, 2012 for the bail application. ISAAC KASAMANI |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

British film producer David Cecil Edward Hugh was on Monday Morning released on cash bail of $200 by Makindye Chief Magistrates Court in Kampala after spending the weekend in Luzira Prison.

Hugh was on Thursday last week remanded to Luzira prison for secretively staging a play supporting gay rights in public domain despite a ban by Media Council on the ground that the script was still under review.

The play titled; The River and The Mountain; examines the plight of a man who comes out as a homosexual, but the Ugandan Government persecutes him for his sexual orientation.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and is punishable under section 145 of the Penal Code Act as a crime against morality.

Chief Magistrate Ester Nambayo granted bail to Hugh after he fulfilled all the requirements including producing his passport in court that was retained.

He also produced three substantial sureties, including his wife Florence Kebirungi, who were each bonded at noncash bail of $400.

He is set to  return to court on October 18 when the case will be mentioned.

Court records show that Hugh’s woes with the Media Council began on August 13 when he, in pursuant to section 9 (1) (e) and 9 (2) of the Press and Journalist Act, forwarded a soft copy of the script to the Council for appraisal and review.

The controversial play was due to be staged at the National Theatre in Kampala by a group calling itself Tilapia Cultural Centre.

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