Human rights commission asks fair trial for Besigye


Besigye being escorted to Luzira prisons

Uganda Human Rights Commission has called for a speedy and fair trial of opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has already offered his legal services to Besigye.

His wife Winnie Byanyima and other FDC officials are ready to apply for bail so Besigye can be released from prison.

Med Kaggwa, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission [UHRC] while addressing press in Kampala, raised the concerns.

He says the commission is concerned about the continued use of excessive force by security operatives when arresting the former presidential candidate.

Kaggwa says they are concerned about recent developments in the country that have seen government abuse human rights, curtail freedom of speech, movement and the press.

Besigye was arrested a week ago, detained in Moroto before being later transferred to Luzira prisons on treason charges.

Kaggwa says police used excessive force while arresting Besigye in downtown Kampala.

“His supporters were violently dispersed by security personnel with sticks,” he noted.

He said the commission recommends that the judiciary ensures a speedy and fair trial for Besigye who is currently on remand until June 1.

The commission also demands that the police allow people to access their lawyers and always keep them in gazetted places.

“Police should act professionally and with restraint while controlling public.”

Kaggwa also urged members of the public not to become violent whenever they are demonstrating or demanding for their rights.

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