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Ugandan court grants bail to jailed government critic

14 Mai 2017

Magistrate Ereemye also ordered Nyanzi's 5 sureties to sign a court bond of Shs10 million and ensure that Dr.Nyanzi returns to court on 25th May for the expeditious disposal of government's application to have her mental status ascertained.

The bail hearing for the Ugandan activist who is charged in connection with calling President Yoweri a "pair of buttocks" has been adjourned for 20 minutes because Ms Nyanzi collapsed as she tried to get up, the BBC's Patience Atuhaire reports.

Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Uganda's Makerere University, has been in custody since April 7.

"It is a great relief that Stella Nyanzi is no longer behind bars, as she should never have been arrested in the first place".

"Right now she is alleged to be sick, but your worship, should you find that release of the applicant is tenable at this stage, she should be required to refrain during the subsistence of the case from making any adverse cyber attacks or any derogatory statements against the person of the victim in court or his close members of his household,"Muwaganya said".

"The authorities must now let common sense prevail by immediately and unconditionally dropping all the charges against her. The continuation of this farcical case blatantly violates Uganda's constitution, and its regional and global human rights obligations".

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About two weeks ago, High Court judge Elizabeth Kabanda directed the outspoken researcher to go back to the lower court and exhaust the procedures of how to go about with ascertaining the state of her sanity.

Nyanzi was later whisked away in Opiyo's vehicle as there was talk the government had filed new charges and wanted to re-arrest her as she came out.

"We are happy that the court has finally released Stella on bail".

"When she was in detention, she was interrogated for other offences, namely the offence of collecting money from the public for the "pads for girls" campaign. We hope that doesn't happen".

Museveni has ruled Uganda since 1986.

Ugandan court grants bail to jailed government critic