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On the morning of 14 August 2018, Bobi was arrested, initially, on charges of obstructing a motorcade, with the arrest taking place the morning following the murder of his driver. This charge was later upgraded to alleged charges of unlawful possession of a firearm (though no evidence of this firearm was ever found), and Bobi was unusually placed in military custody. The first time that Bobi was seen after his initial arrest, it was clear that he had been beaten and tortured during his detention.
These fabricated charges, which would have had to be heard at a military court, were later dropped – however, Bobi was immediately re-arrested on charges of treason, which is punishable by death in Uganda.
On 27 August, Bobi was released on bail, but he still faces treason charges, and we must continue to apply pressure on the Ugandan government so that we can fight these charges and safely secure Bobi’s release.
In addition to Bobi Wine, 32 other opposition politicians were arrested on charges of treason; they have come to be known as the ‘Arua 33’ due to the fact they were all campaigning together in the town of Arua prior to their arrest. They appeared in court on 30 August and are awaiting trials.
If you want to help fund Bobi’s campaign for justice and access to legal and medical aid, you can contribute at the CrowdJustice fundraising page set up by Bobi’s family and friends. Any amount, no matter how small will help hold the Ugandan government to account and secure justice and safety for Bobi Wine!
CrowdJustice is a crowdfunding platform that enables individuals, groups and communities to raise money to fund legal action around the world. The platform provides a secure way for individuals to contribute to causes close to their hearts.
Amsterdam & Partners LLP, a leading international law firm, are representing Bobi and helping to coordinate the international efforts to ensure his security and that his abusers are brought to justice. Robert Amsterdam is leading the A&P team and is assisted by Simon Wolfe, as well as a number of Ugandan qualified lawyers.
Bobi’s family and friends need to raise enough money to cover the legal fees and medical care that are required to ensure that his abusers are brought to justice and that his health is restored.
They also seek to keep the pressure on the Ugandan government and your support will allow Bobi’s legal team to lobby the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to intervene to help Bobi and ensure that the Ugandan government is held accountable for its actions on the global stage.