Video: Besigye charged with treason afresh, remanded to Luzira

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has Wednesday morning appeared at Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court.

Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Eremye today re-read treason and terrorism charges to Besigye afresh.

Eremye then sent the former FDC presidential candidate back to Luzira prisons on remand until June 1, 2016 for his next court appearance.

Only a few journalists and lawyers were allowed in the court room while his supporters remained outside.

Traffic heading to Nakawa was very heavy with police deployment along all routes to Nakawa.

Some of Besigye’s supporters said they resorted to walking towards the courthouse.



Besigye arrives at Nakawa court this morning

Absolome Bwanika Bbaale the FDC Luweero District chairman says Besigye was not allowed to access his lawyer.

Banika said Besigye was brought to court at 7am and not 9am as earlier scheduled.

“The rest of us were denied entry to Nakawa magistrate court. We have been informed that court sat at 8:30 am prior to 9am which was published and the magistrate mentioned the charge and remanded the people’s president to Luzira until June 1. Without even a lawyer.”


“On our way to court, we   prison vehicles under tight security escorting Dr Besigye Back to Luzira. In fact, we were ordered by traffic to abandon our vehicles or go back to town at first, we had to park somewhere and move up to court.”

Besigye was first charged with treason and terrorism by Moroto Chief Magistrates Court last week.


Police manning the road to court


He was remanded at Moroto government prison until May 25 only to be transferred to Luzira prison on Monday.

Magistrate Eremye on Tuesday issued a production warrant to Luzira prison officials to deliver Dr Besigye today at 9am on the same charge.

This is the second time that Besigye is charged with treason.

The first trial in 2005 was dropped.

If found guilty of the offence, the penalty is death or life imprisonment.


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