Over 100 Ugandan lawyers went on strike Monday to show displeasure with the Ugandan Attorney General and his involvement in possible military attempts to influence the trial of opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile]. The Ugandan Law Society [profession website] staged the protest that paralyzed the country's High Court after men in black shirts with sub-machine guns surrounded the court building in Kampala last week after a bail hearing to take Besigye into military custody. Besigye was later charged for alleged military crimes [JURIST report] as well and the Ugandan Constitutional Court will rule on whether Ugandan law allows both state and military prosecutions against a single individual at the same time. BBC News has more. Uganda's Daily Monitor has local coverage.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Uganda opposition leader brought before military court on terror charges
- Ugandan rebels appear in military court; US urges fair trial
- Uganda opposition leader charged with treason, rape