Retired army Captain, Amon Byarugaba, has had his sentence reduced from one year to six months.
Byarugaba spent 13 years in jail on charges of treason before being sentenced to one more year in April 2015.
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, has confirmed the reduction of Byarugaba’s sentence.
“Capt Amon Byarugaba’s sentence eased by the UPDF appeal court from one year to six months,” Ankunda said in a social media message.
The Makindye-based General Court Martial in March found guilty and convicted retired Byarugaba for participating in rebel activities in 2003 with 22 others in the Ituri forest in DRC.
Other rebels with whom Byarugaba was arrested in 2003 have since been granted amnesty and released.
Capt. Byarugaba was arrested in 2003 with 22 others in the Ituri forest in the Congo where they were reportedly training insurgents against the government of President Yoweri Museveni.
The UPDF claims Capt Byarugaba was arrested while taking part in People’s Redemption Army (PRA) rebel activities aimed at overthrowing the current government.
It was in the same bandwagon that Kizza Besigye was also tried of terrorism and rebel activities but the FDC strongman shook off the charges.
Meanwhile, Harold Kaija, the new Deputy Secretary General for Administration, says Byarugaba has been released from detention following the slashing of his prison sentence.
“Capt Amon Byarugaba who has been in custody for 12 years has been released from Kigo Prison,” Kaija said.
He thanked all those that stood with the captain for all these years.