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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-03-24

Uganda has charged 53 people with treason over an alleged plot to overthrow the government of Yoweri Museveni (photo), police said Saturday. The suspects were arrested over the last month in different parts of the country.

AFP - Uganda has charged 53 people with treason over an alleged rebel plot to overthrow the government, police said Saturday.

Police spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said the suspects were arrested in different locations in the country last month and were charged Friday at a Kampala court.

"They were coming up with plans to try and overthrow the government. ... They held meetings," Mugenyi told AFP without elaborating.

He added that it was still unclear which rebel group the suspects belonged to but said many of them had previously fought in rebel groups against the government.

Uganda, though relatively peaceful now, has been plagued by insurgent groups in the past, and government officials have often claimed that new rebel militias are emerging.

Date created : 2012-03-24

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