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LIVE: Bobi Wine bail hearing via video link

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s bail application is today being conducted via the video conferencing system between Buganda Road Court and Luzira Prison.

Kyagulanyi was arrested from Mulago roundabout on April 29th as he was heading to the CID headquarters in Kibuli to record a statement.

He was whisked to Nagalama Police Station where he recorded a statement before he was darraged to Buganda Road Grade one Magistrate’s Court andr charged with disobedience of statutory duty.

The charges date back to.2018 when the legislator and four others led a protest against the introduction Over the Top Services (OTT) tax.

Kyagulanyi pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to Luzira prison.

E-courts system starts

The digital video conferencing  facility, set up by The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U)  was last month launched by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

The e-court is powered by the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) and enables the hearing of cases without having to transport prisoners to court.

The E-court has been designed to aid mentioning of all criminal cases at Buganda Road Court involving accused persons on remand before cases are fixed for trial.

This system, the first in East Africa, links a court of law set up in a prison and an audio visual link connecting the court to the prison.

NITA-U plans to connect 80 High Courts and Chief Magistrate courts.





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