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Ugandan opposition leader freed after two months in prison

Uganda's main opposition leader has been freed after spending two months in jail on treason charges.

A judge freed Kizza Besigye on bail, rejecting prosecutors' calls for him to be remanded indefinitely until his case is concluded.

Mr Besigye waved to chanting supporters in a packed courtroom when the judge ordered his release.

He told reporters that he did not know how long his freedom would last.

Mr Besigye insists he won a presidential election held in February. According to official results, the longtime president, Yoweri Museveni, won with more than 60% of the votes.

Mr Besigye declared a defiance campaign, urging his supporters to protest against what he called a fraudulent victory for Mr Museveni.

The current president has held power since 1986.



From Belfast Telegraph