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Uganda: State drops money laundering charges against rights lawyer Opiyo

13/09/21

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

The State on Monday dropped the money laundering charges that had been slapped against a top human rights lawyer, ending a nine-month legal battle against him.

The dropping of the charges against Mr Nicholas Opiyo, came days after Anti-Corruption judge, Lawrence Gidudu, gave the State a seven-day ultimatum to either conclude the investigations and commit him to the High Court for trial or have the case terminated for delayed prosecution.

“This is to inform the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has decided to discontinue proceedings against Opiyo Nicholas charged with money laundering contrary to section 3 (c), 116, and 136 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act as amended,” reads in part the withdrawal notice signed off by DPP Jane Frances Abodo.

To that effect, the presiding magistrate, Moses Nabende, discontinued the said charges against Mr Opiyo and freed him.

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The magistrate further ordered the State to refund Shs15m which Mr Opiyo had deposited as one of the conditions for his release earlier this year.

Mr Opiyo, the Executive Director of Chapter Four Uganda, was arrested in December last year and subsequently, charged with money laundering.

The prosecution had alleged that Mr Opiyo on October 8, 2020, at ABSA Bank Garden City Branch, in Kampala District, acquired $340,000 (about Shs1.2 billion) through ABSA Bank account No.6004078045 in the names of Chapter Four Uganda, knowing at the time of receipt that the said funds were proceeds of crime.

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https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/state-drops-money-laundering-charges-against-rights-lawyer-opiyo-3549032

https://chimpreports.com/state-discontinues-case-against-lawyer-nicholas-opiyo/

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/114666/money-laundering-charges-against-lawyer-nicho

DPP drops money laundering charges against Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/08/27/uganda-harassment-civil-society-groups

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/rights-group-condemns-ugandas-actions-against-civil-society/2348346

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Opiyo