Two opposition MPs arrested and detained in Uganda must be promptly charged and tried in ordinary civilian courts if sufficient evidence of a recognizable criminal offence is found or else be released, Amnesty International said today.
Musician-turned opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, and Francis Zaake, were arrested on 14 August. Robert Kyagulanyi was today charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition at a general court martial in Gulu and remanded in military custody until 23 August. However, Francis Zaake’s whereabouts are still unknown.
“If there is sufficient evidence that Robert Kyagulanyi and Francis Zaake have committed a recognisable offence within the law, they must be promptly charged and tried in an ordinary civilian court that meets international standards of fair trial,” said Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.