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Court defers Besigye’s bail application to Monday next week

The High Court has deferred the hearing of the bail application by former FDC presidential candidate to Monday next week.

According to Solomon Muyita, the Senior Communications Officer of the Judiciary, Dr Besigye’s bail application hearing had initially been scheduled for tomorrow but because it’s a public holiday (Edd-el-Fitr), presiding judge decided to push it to Monday next week.

On June 7, Dr Besigye who has spent close to two months on remand on treason charges, applied to be released on bail.

Dr Besigye cited advanced age of 60 years, uncertainty of when his treason trial will commence, having substantial sureties, non interference with investigations, abiding by the court’s bail terms as some of the grounds to support his release on bail application.

Prosecution alleges that Dr Besigye and others at large between February 20 and May 11 of this year in diverse places of Uganda formed an intention to compel by force or constrain the government of Uganda as by law established to change its measures or counsels as to the lawfully established methods of acceding to the office of president of the Republic of Uganda.

In a related development, Mr Muyita revealed that the team of judicial officers led by Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Ereemye will be visiting Dr Besigye this Thursday to ascertain his living conditions in jail.

The visit by the members of the District-Chain-Linked Committee (DCC) followed persisted complaints raised in before Nakawa Court by Dr Besigye whenever he is before court of how his life is in danger and that his rights are abused in prison.

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