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Uganda opposition leader pleads not guilty to unlawful assembly charges
March 28, 2012
Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of unlawful assembly stemming from an incident at a protest last week. Besigye and other protesters were arrested last week after a police officer was killed while attempting to disperse the crowd. Besigye denies that....... [more]

Uganda chief justice says judiciary not free
September 11, 2011
Ugandan Supreme Court Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki on Friday said the Judiciary lacks independence as a result of interference by African governments. At the Southern African Chief Justices Forum in Kampala, Odoki pointed to surveys by the World Bank and the World Economic Forum that rank African co....... [more]

Uganda court acquits opposition leader of charges in 'Walk to Work' protests
August 9, 2011
A Ugandan court Tuesday acquitted opposition leader Kizza Besigye of charges of rioting and inciting violence. Besigye was arrested earlier this year in connection with protests against rising food and fuel costs. The protests were known as the "Walk to Work" protests because participants refrained....... [more]

Uganda opposition leader arrested for incitement over 'Walk to Work' protests
April 18, 2011
Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested Monday in connection with protests against increasing food and fuel costs. Bloomberg reports Besigye was detained during the protest, while Al Jazeera reports Besigye was arrested on his way to the protest. Besigye has been charged with rioting....... [more]

Uganda court dismisses treason case against opposition leader
October 12, 2010
Uganda's Constitutional Court on Tuesday unanimously dismissed treason charges against opposition leader Kizza Besigye and 10 co-defendants, ruling that there was insufficient evidence and that the state had violated the defendants' rights. Besigye had been charged with plotting to forcefully overth....... [more]

Uganda high court rules bail not a constitutional right
March 28, 2008
The Constitutional Court of Uganda ruled Thursday that bail is not a constitutional right, but also found that holding a person in police custody for more than 48 hours without charge is a violation of human rights. The finding overturns sections of several Ugandan laws, including the Trial and Indi....... [more]

Treason trial of Uganda opposition leader resumes
June 4, 2007
The treason trial of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye and ten other opposition members resumed Monday, after a year-long delay following the voluntary withdrawal of two judges. Besigye, who has been charged with plotting to forcefully overthrow the Ugandan government between 2001 and 2004, ha....... [more]

International brief ~ Second key witness admits to perjury in Besigye trial
May 3, 2006
Leading Wednesday's international brief, Uganda's second key witness in the treason case against opposition leader Kizza Besigye has admitted to perjury under cross-examination by Besigye's lawyers. Migadde Ssemakula, who claims he is a lieutenant with Uganda's intelligence gathering....... [more]

International brief ~ Uganda loses key spy records on Besigye in treason trial
April 27, 2006
Leading Thursday's international brief, Uganda's chief prosecutor Simon Byabakama Mugenyi told the High Court where opposition leader Kizza Besigye is being tried on treason charges that files detailing the intelligence gathering efforts against Besigye have been misplaced. Mugen....... [more]

Uganda presidential election challenge ruling [Uganda SC]
April 7, 2006
Ruling on petition by Kizza Besigye challenging the presidential election of 23 February 2006 in which President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was declared elected, Uganda Supreme Court, April 6, 2006.Text:The Petitioner, Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye, who was one of the candidates in the Presidential Electi....... [more]

Uganda high court denies opposition request for new elections
April 6, 2006
The Ugandan Supreme Court has ruled by a vote of 4-3 against a challenge to the February 23 presidential elections which allowed President Yoweri Museveni to remain in power. The challenge and request for a re-election was brought by opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and his party, the Forum for De....... [more]


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