Ugandan Police resists Bobi Wine from seeking medical care abroad

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Bobi Wine

Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, was being held at a government hospital Friday after being rearrested while attempting to seek medical treatment abroad.

Kyagulanyi — who faces treason charges alongside 32 others was released on bail on Monday but seized by police Thursday evening at Entebbe airport, outside the capital Kampala.

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“The Uganda Police have violently blocked Bobi Wine from travelling outside of the country in spite of the court declining to do so when being released on bail earlier in the week,” said his Ugandan lawyer Nicholas Opiyo. “This is absurd to say the least.”

The judge during the hearing on Monday had permitted the Ugandan singer-turned-politician Kyagulanyi to keep his passport, against the wishes of state prosecutors.

The MP’s international lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, said: “Bobi Wine was fully within his rights to travel for medical treatment. Again, he has done nothing wrong. Again, he has broken no law. And again, the police beat him and detained him and will later make up some sort of false excuse.”

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Kyagulanyi’s supporters say that he was badly beaten and tortured while in army custody, during and after his arrest in the northwestern town of Arua earlier this month, and requires medical treatment abroad.

The 36 year-old pop singer entered politics last year and has become a lightning rod for youthful opposition to the long rule of Museveni, 74, who has held power since 1986

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