Grade one Magistrate Moses Nabende on Monday directed the DPP after the State Attorney Steven Ariong informed court that investigations were incomplete and needed more time to finalise them.
City Lawyer Nicholas Opio at the International Crimes Division of High Court in Kampala
The Anti-Corruption Court has asked the Directorate of Public
Prosecution- DPP to expedite investigations in the case where human rights
lawyer Nicholas Opio is accused of money laundering.
Grade one Magistrate Moses Nabende on Monday directed the DPP after the State
Attorney Steven Ariong informed the court that investigations were incomplete
and needed more time to finalise them.
Opio’s lawyer David Mpanga asked that the DPP be directed to expedite
Mpanga also told the court that some of the bail conditions are not favourable
to Opio especially on the condition of reporting to court Registrar twice
in a month. He asked that the court directs the DPP to expedite the
inquiries to enable his client to gain freedom.
Accordingly, the Magistrate agreed with him and issued orders to that
The prosecution alleges that on October 8, 2020, at ABSA Bank
Garden City Branch in Kampala District, Opio's Organization Chapter Four Uganda
where he is the Executive Director acquired 340,000 dollars (1.2 billion
Shillings) under account number 6004078045 knowing that at the time of receipt
the money in question was proceeds of crime.
Opio was first arraigned in Nakawa Magistrates Court and remanded to Kitalya
government prison before being granted bail by High Court. He was picked up by
plain-clothed operatives while at Lamaro Restaurant in Kamwokya.
Opio was later taken to the Special Investigations Department
of Police in Kireka together with four other lawyers/ human defenders but was
later released on police bond. They are Simon Peter Esomu, Anthony Odur,
Dakasi Herbert and Hamidu Tenywa.
His arrest sparked off criticism from several organizations
including the Uganda Law Society, foreign embassies and human rights activists,
who argued that he had been arrested unlawfully on trumped-up charges.
Opio will return to court on January 28th 2021 to be updated
on the status of investigations.