Segona asks total acquital of Bobi Wine

Bobi Wine leaving court

Hon Medard Lubega Segona, the lawyer representing Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine says he is a free man now.

General Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti terminated charges against Bobi Wine on Thursday morning after state said it had lost interest.

Bobi was being been charged with unlawful possession of weapons in a military court, following his arrest after the presidential convoy was allegedly pelted with stones in Arua last week.

These charges have been withdrawn by the state.

“The court is not an instrument of arresting. The gentleman cited right there was beaten and his rights were abused,” Segona told press outside court.

“My prayer is he should be freed and he gets medication. He needs agent medical care.”

Segona said once the charges are withdrawn, Bobi Wine is a free man.

“If the police want him, they should summon him. It is improper for the court Martial to hand him over to the police.”

Bobi Wine was, however, shortly arrested after being freed by army court and driven to Gulu chief magistrates court where the other detained MPs and 30 others are being tried for treason.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo had earlier said: “Are all the charges really withdrawn, or withdrawn and transferred to civilian court? You may need a correction.”

He added: “The fact that you may not be in the know doesn’t mean there are no valid charges which are likely to be presented in court by those responsible.”

Bobi in court

On Segona seeking total acquittal, Opondo said: “Obviously this the view of a defence counsel seeking total acquittal of his clients and ensure his freedom. No surprise and he is right.”

Opondo also dismissed earlier reports by journalists who claimed receiving threatening phone calls from security people.

“I also received a threatening call and Twitter daring me to walk on Kampala road without security. It’s all hogwash to seek sympathy. Let them report to police,” Opondo concluded.



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