Court Rejects Video Evidence Against Besigye Top story

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Defence lawyers led by Ernest Kalibbala questioned the credibility of the footage on account that it had been edited to 7 minutes and 42 seconds from a record of 1 hour and 20minutes.

The magistrate's court in Kasangati has rejected video footage presented by the state to pin former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye on charges of disobeying lawful orders.

The footage was presented by the first state witness Brain Mark Omito, a Police Officer attached to the evidence gathering unit. The video shows Besigye's motorcade from Kalerwe to Mulago as proof that the crowd that followed him could jeopardize business in Kampala if he had not been stopped.

But defence lawyers led by Ernest Kalibbala questioned the credibility of the footage on account that it had been edited to 7 minutes and 42 seconds from a record of 1 hour and 20minutes.

Kalibbala asked that the video be withdrawn a plea that was sustained by Grade One Magistrate Egesa.

Prosecution led by Joseph Kyomuhendo sought an adjournment to enable the state produce one more witnesses, an IT expert to pin Dr Kizza Besigye.

The charge stems from an incident on April 5 in Mulago, a suburb of Kampala where Besigye was involved in a standoff with police on his way to Najjanankumbi, the headquarters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change - FDC Party. He was intercepted at Mulago round about.

On the said day, Besigye disregarded police advice to use Yusuf Lule road on his way to Najjanankumbi opting for the route through Wandegeya to the city centre. But Police maintained that his preferred route would jeopardize business in the city centre.

Dr Besigye, who is currently in Luzira prison on treason charges, returns to Kasangati court on July 1.