By Sania Babirye
Journalist and the public have been prevented from attending the bail review proceedings of jailed controversial Makerere university researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi.
The proceedings are being heard off camera in justice Elizabeth Kabanda’s chambers.Only Dr Nyanzi, her lawyer Nicholas Opio and State Attorneys are allowed inside.
The public interest case has left both local and international journalists scattered in court corridors waiting for the outcome.
Meanwhile police officers from the counter terrorism squad are guarding the judge’s chambers were the proceedings are taking place.
On the 10th of April chief magistrate James Eremye Mawanda denied to hear Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s bail application and remanded her to Luzira until she has been subjected to a mental examination to prove that she is fit to stand trial as requested by principle state attorney Jonathan Muwanganya.
However Stella’ s lawyers led by Isaac Ssemakade says this is an abuse of Stella’ s rights since bail is her constitutional right.
Ssemakade also said that the actions of the chief magistrate are denying his client the right to a fair and speedy trial.
Nyanzi is charged with cyber harassment and offensive communications all counts stemming from the Computer Misuse Act.