CCTV footage of Kampala hotel where Finnish businessman died was doctored, says ISO

Wednesday March 7 2018

Tersvouri Toomajuha Petteri Lt Col Joseph Aliganyira, addresses a press conference at ISO headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala

The director of political affairs, Lt Col Joseph Aliganyira, addresses a press conference at ISO headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala recently. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA  

By RISDEL KASASIRA

KAMPALA- The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) on Tuesday said the footage that is currently in the hands of security and intelligence agencies on the death of the Finnish national who died at Pearl of Hotel on February 6, in Kampala was manipulated.
The ISO Director of Political Affairs Lt Col Joseph Aliganyira told a press conference at the ISO headquarters in Kampala that there are video clips that were inserted into the hotel CCTV footage.
Police said Tersvouri Toomajuha Petteri, a 42-year-old Finnish died of drugs at Pearl of Africa Hotel.

Police also said last month that a CCTV footage had been recovered from the hotel showing Faridah Naluyima, who is said to be the girlfriend of the deceased entering his room.
“It was manipulated. There were a lot of insertions, trying to create someone who looked like him [the deceased Finnish]. One has a bald head but the other doesn’t,” he said.

Without saying who gave them the video, Lt Col Aliganyira told journalists that the footage handed to them has both CCTV and High Definition resolution footages.
“We are still investigating why the footage was manipulated and we shall eventually release a final report,” he said.
Earlier, he said ISO would release its report on the death of Petteri and the Swedish national Alex Sebastian, who died at Sheraton Hotel in the same week.

Lt Col Aliganyira didn’t say how far they have gone with the investigations and whether the two Europeans were killed by drugs like police had earlier said.
“You wait for the report,” he said.
Lt Col Aliganyira also played tapped phone conversations of the New Vision journalist Charles Etukuri with different people including foreign journalists who interviewed him about his arrest.
Mr Etukuri was arrested by the Internal Security Organisation operatives last month after he authored stories on the death of the two Europeans.

rkasasira@ug.nationmedia.com

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