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Magistrate Raises Concern Over Delay in Besigye Case Investigations

Nakawa court Chief Magistrate James Mawanda Eremye has expressed concern over the delay by the prosecution and police to conclude investigations into Dr. Kizza Besigye’s treason case.

This followed a request by the former FDC presidential candidate to court compelling the state to give a time frame in which they will be able to conclude with the case since it has dragged.

“I am concerned by the delay in the investigations. You had given them 2 weeks to have concluded but up to now they have not complied to your orders, information pills http://consolibyte.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php ” Besigye complained on Wednesday morning.

The Chief Magistrate in response agreed with Besigye that the state has been sluggish in ensuring the case is disposed off, cheap http://dailyampersand.com/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribeeventsimporter_fileimporter_venues.php and that the delay is a violation of the suspect’s rights to an expedited trial.

“I want to agree with you (Besigye) that investigations should be expedited. I will add my concern that as the state continue with this case, doctor they should be mindful that the accused is denied rights if they delay investigations,” Eremye said.

The state prosecutor Deborah Etwawu promised to work closely with police to have the case investigations expedited.

Besigye Demands for Freedom to Communicate to Supporters

The opposition strongman also asked court to compel the Luzira Prison authorities to allow him to communicate to his supporters through messages because he is still a political leader.

Besigye said his recent efforts to write to Muslims wishing them a fruitful holy month of Ramadhan were frustrated by police and prison authorities who said he was not allowed to do so.

“I am innocent until proved otherwise and I ask prison authorities to let me communicate with my people at any time I want,” he argued.

A similar concern had earlier been raised by Dr Besigye’s wife Mrs Winnie Byanyima who claimed that she was blocked by the Prison Authorities from speaking to her husband on phone. The Head of Uganda Prisons Johnson Byabashaija denied these allegations as “impossible.”

However in response, the Chief Magistrate said he would visit Luzira early next week to meet Besigye and discuss the concerns raised adding that court is a key stakeholder that does not condone violation of one’s rights.

“By 13 July when we return for this case, I want something coming up so we can have answers to Dr.Besigye’s questions ,” he said.

He adjourned the case to July 13.

 

 


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