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Court orders security forces to leave Bobi Wine's home

January 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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KAMPALA, UGANDA - JANUARY 15: Bobi Wine addresses the media next to his wife wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi as security forces surround his home on January 15, 2021 in Kampala, Uganda. Wine alleged that the forces beat a member of his staff shortly before the media arrived. A uniformed solider also pointed a cocked rifle at members of the media. Pop singer turned politician Bobi Wine is challenging sitting President Yoweri Museveni who is seeking his sixth term in office after 35 years in power. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)

The Ugandan High Court has ended the house arrest of Bobi Wine after security forces surrounded the presidential candidate's home for ten days, his lawyer said Monday.

(CNN)The Ugandan High Court has lifted the house arrest of Bobi Wine after security forces surrounded the presidential candidate's home for ten days, his lawyer said Monday.

"The Court held that the freedom to personal liberty is too crucial that it should not be restricted casually or indefinitely," George Musisi told CNN over the phone.

Justice Michael Elubu, who heads the court's civil division, said that if the government had evidence against Wine, he should be charged in court and not "held unjustifiably at his home," according to Musisi.

Wine, a popular singer, was the main opposition frontrunner in the presidential elections held on January 14 and his home has been surrounded by military and police since the elections ended.

His wife's niece was later "safely evacuated" Wine told CNN after lawyers were briefly allowed in to remove her.

Soldiers remain at the compound and Uganda's military has a "history of defying court orders," Musisi said.

A spokesperson for the Uganda Police Force said the officers still at Wine's home will vacate the premises.

Wine's team had hoped to decide sooner, but have been unable to meet because of the house arrest, Musisi added.

Museveni's senior press secretary, Don Wanyama, said on Saturday that Wine has no evidence vote rigging took place.

Evidence of rigging is tabled before the courts, not CNN," he added.

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