With just one week to the resumption of the treason trial of suspected members of the Peoples Redemption Army, the suspects defence lawyers have urged the state to cooperate by instituting the declarations of the Court of Appeal.
The 12 PRA suspects who include Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, President Dr. Kizza Besigye, were charged with treason in 2005.
After spending more than three years in jail, the High Court in Kampala has finally fixed June 4th as the trial date for the suspects.
But one of the suspect's lawyers, Yusuf Nsibambi, says the state must first clear some procedural issues before the trial can commence.
He says the state should respect the declarations of the Constitutional Court to ensure a free and fair trial.
The Court of Appeal has twice declared as unconstitutional the continued trial of the suspects while in illegal detention. The same Court also ruled against the seizure of the High Court by armed security men.
The state has on several occasions accused the defence team of deliberately dragging the trial. But Nsibambi maintains that the state must make the trial regular if it is to be disposed of expeditiously.
In a related development, the PRA suspects defence team wants the High Court to ensure that a hearing date for the bail application of one of the suspects, Musasizi Kifefe is fixed for next week.
Kifefe a brother to FDC President, Dr. Kizza Besigye was admitted to Mulago Hospital early this month where he is undergoing treatment for suspected Kidney and liver related complications. His lawyers want him to be granted bail so that he access specialized treatment abroad.