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Libel claim against Ugandan journalist struck out

We successfully defended journalist Robert Egwea in a libel action brought against him by Colonel John Charles Ogole, a former officer in the Ugandan military. Col Ogole had complained about comments made about him in an online article following a conference of the Lango community in London in October 2012.

At a hearing in the High Court, Master Eastman noted the chequered history¬Ě of the claim and agreed with David Price QC that as the claimant was acting in person it was unlikely that the action would realistically be progressed. He added that it was unjust for a defendant to face litigation by a claimant who was not in a position to advance it, particularly when the defendant might be unable to recover any costs if the claimant passed away. The claim was struck out.

The judgment can be read here.