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Tanzania: Director of Public Prosecutions Sets Free Lissu and Two Journalists

THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Wednesday dropped the seditious charges against Politician Tundu Lissu and three others, which were pending before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam.

He reached into such a decision after entering nolle prosequi certificate to discontinue the prosecution of the charges against them under section 91 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA).

Following the DPP’s decision, Senior Resident Magistrate Joseph Ruambano discharged the accused persons, including two seasoned Journalists Simon Mkina and Jabir Yunus and businessman and Printer Ismail Mehbood.

In the certificate which was presented in court by State Attorney Ashura Mzava, the DPP stated that he would not further prosecute the four accused persons on the charges they were facing.

Charges they were facing include conspiracy to publish a seditious publication, publishing and printing a seditious publication and printing a newspaper without submission of an affidavit.

They were charged with an alternative count of intimidation to the charge of publishing seditious publication.