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Besigye also noted that investigations into threats on his life have been slow yet state had asked for two weeks to conclude. He further revealed that the prisons authorities are violating his rights by refusing him to communicate with his supporters.
Dr Kizza Besigye in the Nakawa court dock

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Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has asked court to compel the state to fast track investigations on cases filed against him so that he is able to apply for bail.

While making a submission in court today, Besigye lamented that the state has deliberately delayed investigations, saying if there is no case, the charges should be dropped.

Besigye also noted that investigations into threats on his life have been slow yet state had asked for two weeks to conclude.  He further revealed that the prisons authorities are violating his rights by refusing him to communicate with his supporters.

"I tried to write a message of wishes for Ramathan to my supporters as a political leader. I was however informed that I do not have rights to communicate. I am innocent till proven guilty, therefore I have a right to communicate. I would like to plead that court instructs prisons service to maintain my right to communicate," Besigye told court.

//Cue in; I really hope

Cue out…….the right to communicate.” //

He also expresses concern at the continued harassment and mistreatment of his supporters as they access court, saying that court should intervene in protecting accessibility to court.

Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Eremye in response to Besigye's concerns on communication limitation revealed that he will meet with prisons officials next week to address issues regarding threats to his life and rights violations.

//Cue in; please be mindful…

Cue out…Solution in that regard.”//

On the issue of access to court, Eremye says limiting members of the public is due to limited space in court. He tasked Besigye's supporters to respect police orders to avoid being arrested.

Court has been adjourned to July 13.