Uganda: Police release Nicholas Opiyo’s co-accused on bond

24/12/20

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Police have released on bond, the four people who were arrested alongside human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo.

Opiyo was on Tuesday afternoon picked up from Lamaro restaurant located in Kamwokya together with other lawyers including Herbert Dakasi, Anthony Odur and Esomu Obure and Hamid Tenywa before being handcuffed and detained at the Special Investigations Division in Kireka.

However, on Thursday afternoon, the four co-accused were released on police bond and asked to report back to the Special Investigations Division in Kireka on December, 29, 2020.

The development came a few minutes after Nicholas Opiyo was arraigned before the Chief magistrates court in Nakawa and charged with money laundering contrary to sections 3 ( c ), 116 and 136 of the Anti -Money Laundering Act.

The prosecutor told court that the human rights lawyer received $340,000 through an Absa bank account belonging to Chapter Four Uganda, an organization he heads, knowing that at the time of receipt, the funds were proceeds of crime.

He was later remanded to Kitalya government prison until December,28.

Opiyo is the lawyer representing two NGOs including the Uganda National NGO Forum and the Uganda Women’s Network whose accounts were recently frozen by the Financial Intelligence Authority over alleged involvement in moving money to finance terrorism activities.

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https://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/news/open-letter-support-nicholas-opiyo-and-ugandan-human-rights-defenders

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Nicholas Opiyo appears in court { Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo remanded till 28th  Dec. 2020.#FreeOpiyoNicho - YouTube

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