High Court has Tuesday morning granted former Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye bail of sh100m not cash.
Justice Musene grants #Besigye bail #BesigyeTrial #Uganda pic.twitter.com/WeleW0A1qC
— Michael O’Hagan (@micoh) July 12, 2016
Justice Masalu Musene said court was impressed by the high caliber of sureties presented by the accused.
Court said that Besigye will be expected to report to court once every two weeks starts July 26.
After presenting five sureties yesterday, Justice Musene stated he would make his ruling today in the treason case. The sureties are FDC president Mugisha Muntu; Nandala Mafabi, Roland Mugume, Joyce Sebugwawo, and Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye.
Justice Musene had listened to arguments by both sides Monday, with the prosecution asking Besigye be denied bail and that he would continue his defiance campaign.
The defence argued Besigye deserved bail because of his advanced age of 60 and said accusations of defiance were not part of the treason case. Justice Musene ruled that he cannot discuss defiance charges as it is a matter before the Constitutional Court
Court is seated with the Hon. Justice Musene to hear the bail application of Dr Kizza Besigye pic.twitter.com/VEzYLeNPkJ
— Judiciary Uganda (@JudiciaryUG) July 12, 2016
11.30am UPDATE: Ruling on Kizza Besigye bail application will be made on Tuesday July 12, High Court Judge Masalu Musene has just announced.
Court ruling on Dr Besigye bail application will be on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 9:00am pic.twitter.com/Q2zaEKxrUz
— Judiciary Uganda (@JudiciaryUG) July 11, 2016
9am: Besigye in court for bail hearing
Former opposition FDC presidential flag bearer Kizza Besigye has appeared for his bail hearing at the High Court in Kampala today.
Besigye, charged with treason, has been incarcerated at Luzira prison since May just before president elect Yoweri Museveni was sworn-in.
#BesigyeTrial RT: @micoh: #Besigye‘s grounds of application for bail. #Uganda pic.twitter.com/gVodHOWkNY
— NBS Television (@nbstv) July 11, 2016
Besigye was arrested following a footage that made rounds on social media showing him being sworn-in as president in the aftermath of the February general elections.
Traffic has been interrupted in the city in the morning rush hour owing to diversions at the City Square, just above which sits the High Court.
Traffic diverted in city center ahead of @kizzabesigye1 bail hearing at the High Court. pic.twitter.com/4uyMULStWP
— Diana Kobugabe (@DianaKobugabe) July 11, 2016
Besigye’s court appearances are characteristically associated with traffic interruption leading to massive delays for motorists.