Two Liberians Remanded For Illegal Entry

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Court heard that Maoris Jonathan and Yufas Jacob both Liberian nationals entered Uganda illegally without genuine travel documents.

Masaka Grade 1 Magistrate Hood Matovu has remanded two Liberians nationals to Masaka Central Prison over illegal entry and stay in Uganda.
 
Court heard that Maoris Jonathan and Yufas Jacob both Liberian nationals entered Uganda illegally without genuine travel documents since Liberian Embassy had denied them passports to Uganda which prompted the duo to forge travel documents.
 
Prosecution led by Peter Mugisha told court that the duo was arrested on charges of theft of 35 million shillings from a money changer identified as Alice Kayondo.
 
 It is alleged that on 30th January 2013 the two men approached Kayondo Forex Bureau along Kampala-Masaka Road in Masaka town and made a transaction of exchanging 9,000 dollars for Ugandan shillings. They handed over counterfeit dollars and received 35 million shillings.
 
Prosecution, however, told court that they are still waiting for a report from the American Embassy where the fake dollars where taken for verification to determine whether they are fake or genuine.
 
Mugisha said that Prosecution has preferred charges of illegal entry to Uganda because the suspects did not have travel documents.
 
The duo however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and pleaded for bail. They said they are from Monrovia, Liberia and came to Uganda as investors though they lost their passports and were forced to forge other travel documents.
 
However, the accused did not have sureties which prompted the trial Magistrate Matovu to remand the duo to Masaka central Prison till 19th March when the accused will be back brought back to court.