I’ll be poisoned in Luzira, Besigye tells court


Prosecution has Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Ereemye for an extra two weeks to conclude investigations into Kizza Besigye’s treason case.

Earlier, the magistrate dismissed the application by state to shift Besigye’s trial to Luzira prisons on account of security risks.

Ereemye said he was ‘not convinced’ by the state that hearing of Besigye treason case at Nakawa is a ‘security threat’.

He ruled that the case continues to be heard from Nakawa and not Luzira.

The magistrate sent back the retired colonel back to Luzira prison until 29th June when he will be reappear in court.
Poison scare

While addressing court, Besigye expressed fear about the safety of his life in prison citing many people who have died of poisoning.

He appealed to the magistrate to take the threat on his life seriously.

Besigye also told court that some his relatives and colleagues have been arrested and tortured in a bid to obtain information.

He questioned why the state does not first carry out investigations before arresting individuals.

“Another concern my Lord, this court is inaccessible to my relatives and people I work with by police.”

Prosecution, however, refuted Besigye’s claims that court is inaccessible to his relatives and colleagues.

“All these people wouldn’t be here,” prosecution counsel Doreen Elima pointed out.

“It appears the intention of police my persecutors is to have me in court where they are the only attendees,” Besigye continued.

Besigye said in Luzira, he has cell within a prison, which is guarded.

“Why was I arrested before investigations were carried out as prosecution is always seeking for more time to investigate?” he queried in reference to prosecution’s request for a two weeks extension.

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