Uganda court allows Bobi Wine, 33 others to get medical treatment


Bobi Wine rearrested outside the Gulu General Military Court Martial on August 23, 2018. Photo/COURTESY
Bobi Wine rearrested outside the Gulu General Military Court Martial on August 23, 2018. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • On Thursday, the Gulu Magistrate's Court also ruled that the suspects be remanded until August 30.
  • According to the Magistrate, the court has no jurisdiction to hear a case on treason-based charges.
  • Bobi Wine, MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru and others are accused of stoning President Yoweri Museveni's convoy.

A civil court has directed that Bobi Wine and 33 other detainees be allowed to seek medical treatment from their personal doctors.

Ugandan media however said the suspects will be under tight security even as they visit medical institutions of their choice.

Defense lawyers had told the court that their clients needed urgent medical care citing ‘mistreatment’ in prison.

On Thursday, the Gulu Magistrate’s Court also ruled that the suspects be remanded until August 30.

According to the Magistrate, the court has no jurisdiction to hear a case on treason-based charges.

Bobi Wine, MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru and others are accused of stoning President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy.

Wine was arrested on August 13, a day after he posted a picture of his driver shot dead inside one of his vehicles.

He has been in military custody since then, a move that sparked protests in Kampala and other parts of the country.

Two days ago, his lawyer alleged that Bobi Wine had been beaten while in prison and was unable to walk.

The frail and weak MP was seen for the first on Thursday when he appeared before the military court.

He breathed a sigh of relief when the Gulu General Military Court martial chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti withdrew previous charges of illegal possession of firearms.

Bobi Wine was then seen being assisted to walk down the steps of the building.

Ironically, a few minutes later, he was rearrested and taken to the Gulu Magistrate’s Court where he was charged with treason.

 

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