Bobi Wine ‘re-arrested’ attempting to leave Uganda for medical treatment


Ugandan MP Bobi Wine has been prevented from leaving Uganda to seek medical treatment despite being granted bail earlier this week, his lawyers say.

The former pop star, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was granted bail on Monday after the MP was charged with treason. A judge ruled that he did not constitute a flight risk and allowed him to retain his passport upon leaving the court. Wine was attempting to leave Uganda to seek medical treatment in the US for injuries sustained while he was being held in prison.

Bobi Wine ‘re-arrested’ at airport

A lawyer for Bobi Wine says the MP was arrested on Thursday while attempting to board a flight to Washington for a medical assessment in the US. Robert Amsterdam told the BBC his client was violently thrown into a police ambulance before being taken away to an unknown location.

His representatives say they still don’t know Wine’s whereabouts.

The MP’s lawyers say he was beaten and tortured by presidential guards while being detained for almost two weeks. He appeared in court in crutches on Monday, visibly limping on his way into the building. His aides say Wine is in need of urgent medical attention but Uganda’s army has refuted the allegations.

A police spokesman allegedly told the BBC that the authorities want to carry out their own medical tests on Wine.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.