Pop Star MP Bobi Wine To Get US Treatment

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Ugandan pop star and MP Bobi Wine has been released from hospital and is flying out of the country for medical treatment in the US, police say.

It follows claims the MP was severely beaten while in military custody, allegations denied by the army.

He, and 32 opposition politicians, were charged with treason last week over the alleged stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy.

Bobi Wine was earlier granted bail but was told he could not leave Uganda.

On Friday, police confirmed that he had been cleared to fly out of the country for specialised treatment after the government sent a team of nine doctors to examine him.

Bobi Wine’s lawyer earlier said the pop star had been violently re-arrested at the airport on Thursday “even though the judge had let him have his passport because he needed to leave the country for medical reasons”.

“He was violently thrown into a police ambulance. The lawyers have no idea where he is being taken and we’re all really in shock,” Robert Amsterdam told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

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