Bobi Wine Being Tried Via Video Conference As Police and Prisons Fear To Bring Him To Court

The hearing of the case against Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine is being carried out from Luzira prison, through the recently launched video conference system.

It has become the first case to be heard using the recently launched the video conferencing system, which is a virtual court designed to aid the mentioning of all criminal cases at Buganda Road Court.

Today, one of the courtrooms in Kampala has been set up with video conferencing equipment and so is the case in Luzira, we have been told.

As part of the preparations for the same, a standby generator has been put in place which is an unusual practice at the court.

Bobi Wine is also expected to apply for bail after his lawyers led by Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa declared intension for the same.

According to the new video conferencing system, the accused stay in prison and communicate to Buganda road court using online means.

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The judiciary recently said the new system will lower costs of prisons operations as preliminary stages for cases can be handled online as well as minimizing the risks of transporting high profile prisoners as their cases are handled online.

Meanwhile, there is heavy deployment of both the police and military police around the city centre
Buganda road has been blocked and only restricted people are allowed access to the court whereas only accredited journalists are allowed to enter court.

There is heavy security presence outside court

Bobi Wine was remanded to Luzira by Buganda road grade one magistrate, Esther Nahirya on Monday.

The legislator cum singer is accused of disobedience of statutory duty contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act an offence committed in July 2018 .

Prosecution states that Bobi Wine, his brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, one David Lule, Edward Sebufu and others still at large disobeyed section 5 and 10 of the Public Order Management Act 2013 by holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorised officer.

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