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Uganda: Femi Falana condemns Bobbi Wine’s arrest, drags President Museveni to UN



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Nigeria based Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana has strongly condemned the arrest of opposition Presidential candidate, Bobbi Wine in the just concluded Ugandan Presidential election on the order of President Yoweri Museveni.

Robert Kyagulanyi otherwise known Bobbi Wine, complained of electoral fraud and urged Ugandans to reject the results.

But reacting to the development, the lawyer described the arrest as unacceptable, while he revealed that he has filed a complaint at the United Nations against Museveni, over what he described as illegal detention.

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In a statement he issued in Lagos on Tuesday which was made available to journalists, Falana stressed that Bobbi Wine had been denied access to his lawyers in a bid to prevent him from filing a petition against the declaration of Museveni as the winner of the highly flawed Presidential election.

“We have submitted a complaint against the government of Uganda to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concerning the detention of the detained couple,” Falana said.

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The complaint by Falana, which was attached to the statement, read in part:

“Mr. Wine and his wife are being illegally detained for days without any criminal charges preferred against him. He has also been denied adequate supply of food by hundreds of Uganda military forces and policemen who have laid siege to his house for the umpteenth time since the election day.

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“I am therefore seeking an opinion from the Working Group finding the house arrest and continuing detention of Mr. Wine and his wife to be arbitrary and in violation of Uganda’s Constitution of 1995 (as amended) and obligations under international human rights law including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Uganda is a state party.”


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