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Former Minister Facing Treason Charges Freed on Bail

December 14, 1991

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ A former Cabinet minister held for nearly 20 months on treason charges has been freed on bail but ordered to report to the High Court once a month, a prison official said Saturday.

Brig. Moses Ali, 51, was arrested in April, 1990, and charged with treason, terrorism and illegal possession of arms and ammunition. He was acquitted of all charges except treason, a capital offense.

Ali was granted a $833 bail and ordered to surrender his passport to the state, according to the official at the Luzira prison in Kampala.

The official spoke on condition he was not identified further.

Ali headed the Uganda National Rescue Front, a rebel group allied with President Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army in a five-year bush war against former President Milton Obote’s government.

Museveni seized power in January, 1986, when he chased from office army officers who had ousted Obote five months earlier. The new president appointed Ali minister for youth, culture and sport.

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