Uganda opposition leader acquitted after protests

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Posted: Aug 09, 2011 8:38 AM
Uganda opposition leader acquitted after protests

A Ugandan court has acquitted an opposition leader of charges that include inciting violence and disobeying police orders during protests that turned violent.

Magistrate George Watyekere said Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to convict Kizza Besigye, who led "walk to work" marches in March and April to protest government corruption and rising food and fuel costs. The marches sparked violence between police and protesters.

Besigye said: "The government should become serious and stop wasting time pursuing cases against political opponents well knowing that they cannot successfully prosecute them."

The marches were among the most serious anti-government protests in sub-Saharan Africa this year. Human Rights Watch said police killed nine people during the marches.