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Ugandan Opposition Leader Appears in Court

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has appeared in the country's High Court Wednesday in a bid to be released from jail pending a military trial for terrorism.

During Wednesday's hearing, authorities were ordered to explain why Mr. Besigye is still being held in prison. Earlier this month, the court ordered the military to suspend its trial pending a ruling on the legality of the process. Mr. Besigye's lawyers say it is illegal to continue to hold him.

A judge is to rule on the issue January 2.

Last week, the opposition leader pleaded not guilty in a separate case, in which he had been accused of rape.

Mr. Besigye was arrested in November, after returning from self-imposed exile to run in February's presidential election. His supporters say he was detained because he poses a threat to President Museveni's 19-year rule.

Some information for this report provided by AP.