MTN Mobile Money Fraud Case of Shs 10 Billion Deferred

The Supreme Court has postponed the appeal hearing of former MTN finance manager Patrick Sentongo, convicted of embezzling sh10b. Led by Justice Lillian Tibatemwa, the panel made this decision on November 14, 2023. The new hearing date is yet to be communicated.

In 2012, the Anti-Corruption Court, under Justice Lawrence Gidudu, sentenced Sentongo to 10 years for embezzling sh10b from MTN, ordering him to pay sh5b in compensation. Despite an unsuccessful appeal in the Court of Appeal, Sentongo filed another appeal in the Supreme Court, arguing improper evidence evaluation and excessive sentencing.

Currently in Luzira Prison, Sentongo, convicted alongside Joan Nabugwawo, had appealed without legal representation due to financial constraints. The hearing delay resulted from Chief State Attorney Stanley Baine’s lack of access to the Court of Appeal proceedings for a response. Justice Tibatemwa stated the court would decide whether Sentongo can represent himself or if another lawyer should be appointed.

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