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Judge defers trial of suspected German paedophile over lack of interpreter

By MALIK FAHAD JJINGO

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Masaka High Court Resident Judge Dr Winfred Nabinsinde has deferred the trial of Mr Bernhard Bery Glaser, a Kalangala-based German national accused of being a paedophile, due to absence of an interpreter.

Mr Glaser on Tuesday amused court when he said he was not conversant with English and preferred to use Flemish, a dialect spoken in Belgium.

“I grew up in Belgium and I feel comfortable to use Flemish language during my trial. So, I ask court to get me an interpreter before I can take plea,” Mr Glaser told court on Tuesday.

Mr Glaser, the director Ssese Humanitarian Service, an NGO located at Mwena landing site in Kalangala District is facing eight charges of aggravated defilement and 19 counts of aggravated child trafficking.
Justice Nabisinde adjourned the matter to September 23 when court is expected to get a Flemish language interpreter from Makerere School of Languages so that the case can proceed with plea taking.

She, however, rejected an application made by the defense team led by Mr Caleb Alaka seeking leave to appeal the decision by court to proceed with trial of Glaser, accusing the judge of taking sides in the matter.