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Ugandan Opposition Leader Denounces Charges as Political

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye says his recent detention by the military was politically motivated.

He says the charges against him were meant to derail his plans to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in next month's elections.

Dr. Besigye made the remarks Tuesday during a news conference in Kampala, one day after a High Court judge ruled his detention was illegal.

He was arrested in November and charged by a military tribunal with terrorism and illegal firearms possession. A civilian court later charged him with rape and treason.

The judge ruled the military had no authority to detain him after the High Court ordered the tribunal suspended.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.