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Intimidation by text

POSTED ON October 18 th, 2018

Terrorism trials can be risky territory for court interpreters. As broadcast by NTV Uganda on April 9, 2015, an interpreter serving at the trial of the suspects in the 2010 Kampala twin bombings that killed 74 people and wounded 80 others received a death threat by text: “Back off the case or you will be killed.” The linguist went on the run and no further information is available; the trial ended with life sentences for seven men, including the attacks’ mastermind.