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Security Upped At Iganga Court Ahead of Bobi Wine Arraignment

Security has reportedly been beefed up at the Iganga Chief Magistrates Court where NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) is expected to be arraigned  this morning.

Bobi Wine faces a number of charges ranging from unlawful assembly to committing acts likely to spread an infectious disease.

The charges stem from the mass campaign rallies he has been holding over the past fortnight, which authorities claim exposed thousands to the Covid-19 virus.

At the Iganga court, NUP lawyers said they were confident their person would be arraigned today, having in detention for over 48 hours.

” We are not here on the basis of communication from the office of the DPP or the police. We’ve not received any communication from authorities about whether or not our client will be produced in court but we are getting information from our sources,” said counsel Banjamin Katana.

“We are also judging from the deployment around court.”

Katana went on to described the on going court process as illigitimate given that Bobi Wine has bee held beyond the legal time and denied access to his lawyers.

“Effective representation requires that you have had an opportunity to speak to your person about representation,” he added.

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Bobi Wine has been detained at Nalufenya Police detention center since Wednesday night.

Various groups including the Inter Religious Council of Uganda, the Uganda Law Society, fellow presidential candidates and the Speaker of Parliament have called on authorities to release Bobi Wine or get him through the court process.

 

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