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Friday 23 February 2018

Ugandan opposition leader freed after two months in prison

Kizza Besigye had been charged with treason (AP)
Kizza Besigye had been charged with treason (AP)

Uganda's main opposition leader has been freed after spending two months in jail on treason charges.

A judge freed Kizza Besigye on bail, rejecting prosecutors' calls for him to be remanded indefinitely until his case is concluded.

Mr Besigye waved to chanting supporters in a packed courtroom when the judge ordered his release.

He told reporters that he did not know how long his freedom would last.

Mr Besigye insists he won a presidential election held in February. According to official results, the longtime president, Yoweri Museveni, won with more than 60% of the votes.

Mr Besigye declared a defiance campaign, urging his supporters to protest against what he called a fraudulent victory for Mr Museveni.

The current president has held power since 1986.


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