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Court grants Besigye bail

High Court has Tuesday morning granted former Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye bail of sh100m not cash.

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




11.30am UPDATE: Ruling on Kizza Besigye bail application will be made on Tuesday July 12, High Court Judge Masalu Musene has just announced.




9am: Besigye in court for bail hearing

The scene in court as Besigye was brought in for his treason case hearing. PHOTO VIA @MICOH
The scene in court as Besigye was brought in for his treason case hearing. PHOTO VIA @MICOH

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.

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.

Besigye’s court appearances are characteristically associated with traffic interruption leading to massive delays for motorists.



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