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Remanded former opposition FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye was this morning not produced before Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court as earlier scheduled after the state cited security threats.

Principal State Attorney Lino Anguzu told court presided over by Chief Magistrate James Ereemye that the security threat was real as it was not the first time that this is happening.

He justified his plea by telling court that Dr Besigye’s case file was first handled by Moroto court but due to the security fears, his file was relocated to Nakawa.

To that effect, Anguzu asked magistrate Ereemye to mention the opposition leader’s file from Luzira court and not Nakawa.

Dr Besigye is currently being held at Luzira prison on grave charges of treason.

After listening to the prosecution’s plea, presiding magistrate said he will pronounce his ruling on June 15 on whether to mention Besigye’s case in Luzira prison or in Court.

But the magistrates words were not received well by the supporters of Dr Besigye who had stormed court.

They went on to boo the magistrate by saying that; “This is not a Museveni Court. It seems you have also been put in his pocket.” Some of his supporters had carried pla cards with words; Free Besigye’

Others were donned in black T-shirts with words; ‘ All of us are prisoners’

They vowed not to leave until Dr Besigye is brought to court for mention of his case.

Like in Dr Besigye’s maiden appearance at Nakawa Court, he was not represented in court by lawyers though two of his lawyers; Yusuf Nsibambi and Ernest Kalibaala made a brief show at court before disappearing

According to the charge sheet, prosecution alleges that Dr Besigye and others at large between February 20 and May 11 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.