Kalangala Based German 'Pedophile' Denied Bail

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High Court Judge Margaret Oguli rejected his Bail Plea on grounds that the state was still conducting investigations into the matter. She further remanded him until 7th January 2014 when his file will possibly be ready.

Bernhard Glaser Bery, a German National remanded last week for alleged aggravated defilement of at least 20 children under his care is denied bail.
 
Glaser, the director of Ssese Humanitarian Service, an NGO located in Mwena landing site in Kalangala district was arrested after two of the children he takes care of accused him of defilement.
 
The two victims aged between 12 and 14 claim that Glaser had repeatedly defiled them since 2007. It is alleged that the matter was ignored when the victims initially reported to police and to Daniel Kikoola, the former Kalangala district LC5 Chairman.
 
However, on November 30th, 2013 Police operatives from the Special Investigations Unit Kampala raided the organization and arrested Glaser.  During the operation, police recovered a dildo and lubricants that Glaser allegedly applied to the victims before defiling them.
 
At least 21 suspected victims of sex abuse were also relocated to Kampala for safe custody.

Last week, Glaser appeared before Mary Ikit, the Masaka Chief Magistrate who charged him with aggravated defilement. Akit also remanded him to Masaka Central prison until 31st December when the case will come up for mention.

But Glaser through his lawyer Ben Okirol petitioned Justice Margret Oumo Oguli of Masaka High Court seeking bail claiming that he needs to acquire specialized medication to treat his worsening high blood pressure and diabetes.
 
Glaser’s lawyers told Justice Oguli that since his arrest late last month, their client’s condition has deteriorated because of the persistent failure to get medication from the Prison Health centre.

But Justice Oguli rejected their plea on grounds that the state was still conducting investigations into the allegations against Glaser. She said that since Glaser’s file is not yet ready, it has not been transferred from Kalangala to Masaka.

Justice Oguli explained that without the police file with details of the case against Glaser, she would not grant bail to him because she has no basis. She therefore remanded Glaser further until 7th January 2014 when his file will possibly be ready.
 
Glaser who looked calm shook his head as Masaka Prison officials returned to him to prison.
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.