Uganda opposition leader pleads not guilty to treason, rape charges

[JURIST] Kizza Besigye [BBC profile], Uganda's jailed opposition leader, and 22 co-defendants pleaded not guilty Monday to treason charges [JURIST report] for which they face the death penalty. Besigye has also been accused of rape and he pleaded not guilty to that charge as well. Also Monday, proceedings were suspended indefinitely by a military court which is considering a separate terrorism case [JURIST report] against Besigye. The civilian High Court had ordered the military proceedings be suspended and the military tribunal complied in order "to maintain good relations" with the High Court. Besigye has called the charges politically motivated and said Monday that Uganda is "a country which has no rule of law." AP has more.

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