Police Presents Video Evidence against Besigye

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The first state witness Brain Mark Omito, a Police Officer attached to the evidence gathering unit presented before court a video footage showing Besigyes motorcade from Kalerwe to Mulago as proof that the crowd that followed him could jeopardize business in Kampala if he had not been stopped.

Hearing a case in which former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye is accused of disobeying lawful orders has started at the magistrate's court in Kasangati today.

The first state witness Brain Mark Omito, a Police Officer attached to the evidence gathering unit presented before court a video footage showing Besigye's motorcade from Kalerwe to Mulago as proof that the crowd that followed him could jeopardize business in Kampala if he had not been stopped.

However, the footage totaling 7 minutes and 42 seconds aroused controversy in court when the Police Officer failed to explain why the entire footage of 1 hour and 20minutes was not presented before court. 

Defence lawyers led by Ernest Kalibbala questioned why an edited version of the incident was presented instead of the entire journey from Kasangati to Mulago, where Besigye was stopped on his way to Najjanankumbi.

The mismatch prompted the state to seek for an adjournment of the hearing for 20 minutes to allow for consultations.

Dr Besigye, who is currently in Luzira prison on a different charge of treason, is appearing before Grade One Magistrate Egesa.

The Charge stems from an incident on April 5 in Mulago, a suburb of Kampala where Besigye was involved in a standoff with police on his way to Najjanankumbi, the headquarters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change - FDC Party. He was intercepted at Mulago round about.

On the said day, Besigye disregarded police advice to use Yusuf Lule road on his way to Najjanankumbi opting for the route through Wandegeya to the city centre. But Police maintained that his preferred route would jeopardize business in the city centre.