Ugandan police charge 5th opposition lawmaker with treason

Ugandan authorities have charged a fifth lawmaker with treason over his alleged role in an incident in which the president's motorcade was pelted with stones.

Francis Zaake, an ally of the pop star-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine, was also charged on Monday with unlawful escape from custody.

Zaake, who has been hospitalised with injuries allegedly sustained while in detention, was prevented last week from travelling to India for medical care. Police said that he had cases to answer.

His lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, said on Twitter on Monday that Zaake had been given bail so he can travel abroad for treatment.

Both Zaake and Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, say they were tortured while in detention. The government denies the torture allegations.

Ssentamu is in the US for medical care.

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