23rd August, 2018
A frail Ugandan pop star-turned MP Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine has been re-arrested minutes after being freed by the General Martial Court.
The politician was facing treason and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition at the court. State prosecution withdrew the charges it had filed at the court, requested that he be handed over to the police for more investigation and probable trial at a civilian court.
The judge however, failed to transfer the treason charges. “The court is not an instrument of arresting. The gentleman seated right there was beaten and his rights were abused. My prayer is he should be freed and he gets medication. He needs urgent medical care,” his lawyer protested the move.
A limping and teary Bobi Wine was ushered onto a waiting white police vehicle after he left the court room on route to the Chief Magistrate Court in Gulu. Kizza Besigye was also arrested on this morning for trying to leave his home that had been surrounded by police and military personnel.
The Magistrate Court rules that Bobi Wine be remanded until August 30 when he will be charged with his co-accused. The judge further directed that he be allowed to access private medical care.