Micho, who is currently in charge of the Ugandan national team, has broken his silence after he was convicted
Former Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic has refuted his sexual assault charges after he was convicted by the Gqeberha Regional Court in South Africa on Tuesday.
The Serbian tactician has made it known that he plans to appeal his conviction as he stated that it is a “well-orchestrated plot” against him after he was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and handed a suspended jail term.
The man nicknamed Micho was then sentenced to three years imprisonment, which is suspended for five years, but he has since issued the following statement on his sentencing confirming his intention to appeal the court’s decision:
“I issue this statement to categorically dismiss and dispel the mischievous reports alleging my arrest in South Africa. These reports are premised on a well-orchestrated plot of some devious and malicious faceless people hell-bent at tarnishing my name and using all means to set me up and cause humiliation to my image,” a statement read on Wednesday.
“Let it be known factually that upon my appearance in court for a case that was brought by means of character assassination to my name, I subjected myself to the South African justice system solely because I am a law-abiding person who fully cooperated with authorities from the very beginning even while I knew that I was simply being a target.
“I knew then that I was innocent on the allegations whose intention was to cast judgment upon my character, and I reiterate my innocence even today. My belief in the justice system of South Africa has not been tainted nor has it got shaken, I have lived in Africa and have respected, upheld, and mostly embraced it as part of me and South Africa is part of that Africa that warmly lives in me as I regard myself as a citizen of this beautiful continent.”
“Even as the court issued a suspended sentence on the charges that were put on me, for me it was only fitting to put an application for the leave to appeal the judgment which I believe was erroneously arrived at. I had no doubt in my mind that the application is granted will restore and reawaken my strong held view that the criminal justice system of South Africa is objective and sober.
“My decision to take the matter on appeal is in total agreement with the Magistrate as she said, “Another Court May arrive at a different conclusion”, which is why my pursuit of justice cannot let the perpetuation of injustice against me go unchallenged. There are criminals who daily commit heinous and gruesome crimes to whom state resource ought to be meaningfully used to bring them to book and not make a mockery of it by aiming at innocent people.”
“I wish to thank millions of my supporters and many people of South Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi and almost all other African countries who have given me support and held my hand and encouraged me in the most trying time facing a difficult phase.
“With your love and encouragement, I wake to see another day knowing that the South Africa I cherish will never be dented by this as there are great memories that I have made in the country and its people have embraced me as one of their own.
“Respectfully yours Coach Micho.”