Besigye not brought to court, DPP wants Luzira trial

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Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] says government did not want Kizza Besigye brought to Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court today, Wednesday as earlier planned.

“Our lawyers have learnt that Mr. Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions did not plan to bring KB [Kizza Besigye] to court,” the party said this morning.

“He wants to take the court to Prison.”

FDC says the Magistrate was asked to take the court to Luzira prison.

“He declined, and asked Mr. Chibita, DPP team to make the request in open court.”

“Mr. Mike Chibita heads the DPP and is a High Court Judge too. He leads the State prosecution and he’s personally liable for the foolishness,” the party said in a social media message.

The hearing of his case is underway but the dock, empty.

Besigye has not been produced for “security reasons”, according to the state.

A protest broke out in court occasioned by boos and chants.

The Magistrate threatened to send all FDC supporters out of court.

Court has been adjourned to 15th June when the magistrate will consider the DPP’s request to hear the case in Nakawa Magistrates Court or take court to Luzira.

FDC supporters have been in court as early as 7:20am.

Police first searched everyone to see what they are wearing underneath, allowing a few supporters inside the court.

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Those wearing Besigye t-shirts underneath were turned away.

Besigye who was supposed to appear in court for the mention of his case, is charged with treason.

He was arrested on Wednesday May 11, 2016 after escaping from his home at Kasangati Wakiso district.

A video showing him apparently being sworn in as president of Uganda hit social media and went viral.

Besigye was flown to the Northern part of Uganda and jailed at the Moroto government prison.

He was later airlifted from Moroto back to Kampala where the alleged crime had been committed and imprisoned at Luzira.

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