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Court Grants Uganda’s Bobi Wine Conditional Bail

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A judge in Uganda has granted bail to popular musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine and 32 opposition politicians who are facing treason charges.

They are accused of allegedly throwing stones at a vehicle in President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy earlier this month.

Bobi Wine, affectionately known as the “ghetto president”, appeared on crutches in court.

The army, who had detained him, denied reports that he had been beaten, calling the allegations “rubbish”.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was arrested on 13 August after a campaign rally in the north-western town of Arua.

The winner of that by-election, Bobi Wine ally Kassiano Wadri, also appeared in court on treason charges.

He was also granted bail but was banned from visiting his constituency for three months without the permission of the court.

There was a brief commotion in court when one of the accused, a 51-year-old man, fainted and had to be carried away in the packed courtroom, reports the BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga from Uganda.

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