Besigye charged with treason, remanded to Moroto prison

Written by URN

Dr Kizza Besigye has been charged with treason and remanded at Moroto central government prison.

Besigye, who has been in detention since Wednesday was rushed to court late Friday evening. He was presented before Moroto Chief Magistrate, Charles Yeteise where he was charged with treason and later remanded. He is expected to appear back in court on May 25.

The prosecution side led by Moroto Resident State Attorney, Gerald Amalo alleges that Besigye while in Kampala held unlawful processions. The prosecution did but did not give further details linking the opposition leader to treason.

Sources at Moroto Central Police say Besigye has not recorded any statement since he was airlifted to Moroto police station on Wednesday.

Besigye was arrested on Wednesday after beating the heavy deployment and surveillance at his home in Kasangati, Wakiso district and unexpectedly emerged in Kampala’s central business district.

He was then airlifted to Moroto in a helicopter that landed at Nadunget airstrip before he was driven to Moroto police station under tight security.

Early today, Moroto Central Police Station was surrounded by counter terrorism officers, Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces officers, military intelligence personnel and anti-riot police among others.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says an investigation team is assembling evidence in relation to disobedience of an interim court order that had barred Besigye and members of Forum for Democratic Change from holding activities under the defiance campaign.

Through his campaign, Besigye is contesting the outcome of the February 18 presidential elections in which he emerged runner-up.