Uganda opposition leader calls for president to face treason charges

[JURIST] Ugandan opposition leader and presidential challenger Dr. Kizza Besigye [BBC profile], released on bail [JURIST report] by the Ugandan High Court Monday, has declared that President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile] should face charges for treason committed during the 1998-2003 war [BBC backgrounder] between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a ruling [JURIST report] issued last month, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] held that Uganda violated the sovereignty of the DR Congo and ordered Uganda to pay reparations for looting committed during the war. Besigye claims that, in addition to the ICJ's findings, the current government also committed treason by ordering troops into DR Congo without the authority of parliament, as required by the country's constitution. The countries will enter into negotiations [JURIST report] to determine the level of compensation for plundered natural resources in late 2006. Besigye currently faces treason charges [JURIST report] himself for attempting to overthrow the government, and also faces terrorism charges [JURIST report] in military court. BBC News has more.

 

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