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The state was scheduled to present its fourth witness into the hearing of the case but prosecutor Joseph Kyomuhendo asked Magistrate presiding Grade One Magistrate Freddie Egesa to allow them withdraw from the case since the state had lost interest in the matter.
A copy of the withdrawal form presented to Kasangati court
The State has withdrawn from a case in which former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye is charged with disobeying lawful orders.

The withdrawal led to the closure of the case file and declaration that Besigye was free of the charges that had been brought against him in the Kasangati court.

The state was scheduled to present its fourth witness into the hearing of the case but prosecutor Joseph Kyomuhendo asked Magistrate presiding Grade One Magistrate Freddie Egesa to allow them withdraw from the case since the state had lost interest in the matter.

However, the defense lawyers led by Ernest Kalibbala disagreed with the motion for withdrawal of charges  on ground that the case had already gone very far and the justice system should be allowed to decide on the matter.

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 roundabout.

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.

This happened just three days after the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura ordered security officials to withdraw from Besigye's home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.  It was the first time, since the February 18 presidential election that Besigye was allowed to leave his home.

During the last appearance on June 22, the magistrate's court in Kasangati rejected video footage presented by the state to pin Besigye.

The footage was presented by the first state witness Brain Mark Omito, a Police Officer attached to the evidence gathering unit. The video showed 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.

But defence lawyers led by Ernest Kalibbala questioned the credibility of the footage on account that it had been edited to 7 minutes and 42 seconds from a record of 1 hour and 20minutes. Kalibbala asked that the video be withdrawn, a plea that was sustained by the magistrate.

Currently Besigye is on remand at Luzira Maximum Prison on treason charges        

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