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Uganda: Besigye Defense Says Witness In Treason Trial Coached by Radio

Defense lawyers in the treason trial of a Ugandan opposition leader say the lead prosecution witness is being coached through a hidden radio.

Lawyers for Kizza Besigye stunned the courtroom Wednesday when they accused the witness, Jennifer Aryemo of concealing a radio earpiece by wearing thick glasses, a wig and a huge turban while testifying.

She denied the charge and offered to allow court officials to search her. The judge, Vincent Kagaba declined the offer, but said the disguise will have to be searched before future court appearances.

In her testimony, Jennifer Aryemo has said Besigye sent her to meet northern rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army in 2001.

Besigye and 22 co-defendants have denied the treason charges.

Besigye has said the charge and separate rape charges were concocted to hurt his challenge to President Yoweri Museveni. Museveni defeated Besigye in a February election that Besigye unsuccessfully challenged in court.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.