In his ruling, James Mawanda Eremye, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate ruled that since the state isnt ready to proceed with the case, he will adjourn the mention of Kizza Besigyes treason case for a longer period to allow the state to complete investigations.
Mawanda made the ruling this morning following a request by the State Prosecutor, Doreen Elima for more time to conclude the investigations.
Elima told court that given the fact that treason is a capital offense, it requires exhaustive investigations to collect all the required evidence. She said that although the law requires that investigations are completed within six months, there should be an exception given the gravity of the matter before court.
However, in his response, Besigye asked the state to abandon the case if it has failed to complete investigations and only rearrests him once the investigations are complete.
"These charges they prefer against me are aimed at weakening me into submitting to this regime. I won't," he said.
He said it is a total waste of tax payer's money and his resources to keep dragging him to court, yet there are so many prisoners who haven't seen a day in court, who need to be attended to.
Besigye also said because of being charged with a capital offense, he can't even access a bank loan for his businesses.
James Mawanda Eremye, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate ruled that since the state isn't ready to proceed with the case, he will adjourn the court for a longer period to allow the state to complete its investigations. He therefore adjourned the mention to August 12th.
Besigye was dragged to court by the state in May for allegedly declaring himself winner of the disputed February 18th polls and swearing in himself as president.
The Nakawa chief magistrate's court remanded him to Luzira Maximum Prison on May 18th. He applied for bail on grounds of his advanced age, his previous conduct while on bail and presentation of substantial sureties.
He was released by Justice Wilson Masalu Musene on Tuesday on a non-cash bond of Shillings 100 million after spending close to sixty days on remand.