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37 Chinese charged with phone tapping 

By Simon Masaba

Added 31st March 2020 03:26 PM

“The accused and others still at large knowingly and unlawfully caused the computer device, to wit MTN SIM cards to intercept calls in Uganda on the MTN network,”

37 Chinese charged with phone tapping 

Police technology experts scrutinising devices found at the residence of the accused in Kireka, Wakiso on Saturday. Photo by Joseph Makumbi

“The accused and others still at large knowingly and unlawfully caused the computer device, to wit MTN SIM cards to intercept calls in Uganda on the MTN network,”

CRIME    HACK

KAMPALA - Thirty-seven Chinese nationals, including five women, all residents of Kireka in Wakiso district, have been charged with phone tapping and theft.

They have been charged with four counts under Uganda's Computer Misuse Act (CMA) 2011. They are accused of abetment of unauthorised use of computer services contrary to section 21(1) & 15(c) of CMA.

It is alleged that between October last year and March this year, at Kireka, Kamuli Road, the accused and others still at large accessed information unscrupulously.

"The accused facilitated the commission of the offence of unauthorised use of computer services knowingly and unlawfully accessed 1,895 Airtel SIM cards.

This was without authority for the purpose of obtaining directly or indirectly Airtel telecom services," the charge sheet stated.

The prosecution also says the accused, at the same place within the same period, accessed 223 MTN SIM cards without authority.

This was allegedly for the purpose of obtaining directly or indirectly MTN services. "The accused and others still at large knowingly and unlawfully caused the computer device, to wit MTN SIM cards to intercept calls in Uganda on the MTN network," prosecution alleges.

They are further accused of committing a similar offence, using Airtel SIM cards, to intercept calls in Uganda on the Airtel network. 

Trade crimes

On another charge sheet, three of the 37 are charged separately with the offence of conducting business without a trading licence, which is a breach of section 8(1) of the Trade Act.

It is alleged that on March 19 in Kireka, Lin Shao Sheng, You Jing Dao, Lijia Zhao, and others still at large illegally operated a phone sale business, computer scrap dealing and disassembling mobile phones as well as computers.

In contravention of the Trade Act, Sheng is alleged to have illegally processed food packaging for trade purposes.

The trio is also battling the offence of possessing stolen property contrary to section 315(1) of Penal Code Act.
It is alleged that the trio was on March 21 this year found in possession of a stolen Umeme meter number U203985.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bill Ndyamuhaki aroused the suspicion.

The trio is accused of being found in possession of water meter number ISO 4064, which Ndyamuhaki suspected was stolen property.

The trio is again accused of being found with mobile phone and computer motherboards, which search officer ASP Deo Wamakale suspected were stolen.

Wildlife crimes

Five of the 37 accused are also battling crimes resulting from actions contrary to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Act 2019.

Dao, Huang Jian, Mao Xue Ming, Mao Ya Jan, and Li Ren Zha, were allegedly found with tortoise shells and pangolin scales in breach of sections 36(1) and 71(1)b of the UWA Act 2019.

THE ACCUSED

Chen Si Hong Wu Guan Yong Lin Yi Ming
Chen Wenda Mao Ya Jan Lin Shao Sheng
Liu Jia Lin Zinchuan Chen Huan Hijan
Zhang You Ming Luo Xiao Zhuang Li Jia Zhao
Tang Lu Li Ren Zhe Chen Deng Guo Guo
Yang Jun Lu Jin Hang Peng Kun Chai
Chen Kang Mao Xue Ming Li Yan
Huang Jian Yang Miao Xin Xu Zheng Nan
Zhang Cheng Lin Zhi Long Lao Xiao Feng
Chen Xiao Kang Chen Jun Guo Wei Zheng
Li Jian Chen Zhen Qin (Female) Mi Mi Han (Female)
Chen Shu Yan (Female) Chen Jin Hong (Female) Yu Wen Jie (Female)
You Jing Dao    

 

 

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