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Muwanga Owen Martin Appears Before Military Court After Incommunicado Detention, Faces Charges of Possessing ‘Military Body Armour’

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Muwanga Owen Martin Appears Before Military Court After Incommunicado Detention, Faces Charges of Possessing 'Military Body Armour'

(Kampala, Uganda) – In a development that has raised grave concerns about human rights abuses and the rule of law in Uganda, Muwanga Owen Martin, after 25 days of incommunicado detention, appeared before a military court this morning without the knowledge of his lawyers. Martin, a political activist, was charged with the possession of a ‘military body armour’ and was subsequently remanded to Kitalya Prison.

Muwanga Owen Martin Appears Before Military Court After Incommunicado Detention, Faces Charges of Possessing 'Military Body Armour'

Muwanga Owen Martin Appears Before Military Court After Incommunicado Detention, Faces Charges of Possessing ‘Military Body Armour’

The circumstances surrounding Martin’s arrest and detention are indicative of a troubling pattern in Uganda. Activists and political opponents are being abducted, tortured, and detained without access to legal representation or contact with their families. Martin’s case exemplifies the government’s increasing use of trumped-up charges to target individuals critical of the regime.

As Martin’s Habeas Corpus hearing was fixed today, the timing of his arraignment before the military court has raised questions about the government’s intentions. Critics argue that Martin’s sudden appearance before the court and the charges against him are part of a concerted effort by the regime to silence dissenting voices and suppress opposition.

The denial of due process and the use of military courts to try civilians further highlight the erosion of democratic norms and the rule of law in Uganda. Human rights organisations and the international community have condemned Martin’s treatment and called for his immediate release.

As the situation continues to unfold, the fate of Martin and others in similar circumstances hangs in the balance. The government’s actions have sparked outrage both domestically and internationally, with calls for an independent investigation into human rights abuses and the immediate release of all political detainees.

Reporting from Kampala, this is CMP News.

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