Priest to be charged over BBC report
Publish Date: Feb 15, 2010
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By Jeff Lule

THE Police is to charge a Catholic evangelist in northern Uganda, Angelo Pollino, with giving false information to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) last month.

The head the of Police Anti Human Sacrifice and Trafficking Task Force, Moses Binoga, told The New Vision yesterday that Pollino had confessed that he gave false information to cater for his financial interests. “We have interrogated Pollino and he said the information he gave was baseless,” Binoga said.

In a documentary by a journalist, Tim Whewell, on the BBC on January 7, Pollino, 60, said he had sacrificed 70 people, including his son, during the 1980s and 90s while he was working as a traditional healer.

The documentary also showed a group of traditional healers killing their victims.
Binoga said since Pollino had confessed, he would be charged for giving false information.

“We have him under a 24- hour surveillance. More investigations are being carried out and a detailed report will come out,” he added.

Binoga said they were also investigating Whewel overthe origin of the story.

“Pollino alleged that he was paid by Whewell to dramatise the story,” he noted.

Pollino said Whewell paid him sh200,000 and others sh50,000 and promised him a donation for his organisation.

He stressed that investigations established that, Pollino heads the Fr. Russi Foundation, a local organisation whose members come from the families of traditional healers.

Binoga said they suspect the incident to have been spearheaded by some non- government organisations to create the impression that human sacrifice was deeply rooted and required more attention and funds.

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