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Uganda court orders halt in military trial of opposition leader

[JURIST] Uganda's High Court ordered the military Friday to suspend proceedings against main opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] until the court decides whether the military trial is legal. Besigye was arrested [JURIST report] earlier this month on charges of treason and rape, and was later brought before a military court on terrorism charges [JURIST report]. Besigye's defense team has argued that the military court, controlled by allies of President Yoweri Museveni, is not competent to try terrorism cases. Besigye's arrest last month prompted protests from lawyers [JURIST report] who questioned government attempts to influence the proceedings, and the international community and rights groups are calling for a fair trial [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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