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Injured Ugandan lawmaker prevented from traveling abroad

KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan lawyer says an injured opposition lawmaker has been blocked from traveling abroad for treatment because he lacks clearance from the police.

Asuman Basalirwa tells The Associated Press that Francis Zaake, who has been hospitalized with injuries he allegedly sustained at the hands of security forces while in detention, failed to travel to India on Thursday.

Zaake was arrested earlier this month alongside pop star-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine and others over an incident in which President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade was pelted with stones.

Bobi Wine, whose name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and his co-accused are charged with treason.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo says on Twitter that Zaake escaped police custody “and should be arrested at the earliest. He could be trying to escape from justice.”

Zaake has not been charged.