Human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, has been granted a cash bail of Shs15m by Buganda Road magistrates court this Wednesday afternoon. The embattled outspoken regime critic and rights activist appeared in court via a video link from Kitalya maximu prison where he has been under incarceration since his remand on December, 24 whrn he first appeared in court.
A delegation of European Union and United States Embassy officials flanked court to exert pressure on the authoritarian regime of Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who has led Uganda since 1986 when he ascended through a guerrila struggle. The diplimats who thronged court include; Political Officer US Embassy, David Skorski, Deputy Head of Mission Danish embassy, Henrik Jespersen & Swedish Embassy Counsellor political & commercial affairs Daniel J. Arhem
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The state had earlier contested the idea of granting the distinguished human rights lawyer bail on grounds that his case is too much for him to battle from outside court but the judge, her worship Jane Kajunga rejected and said bail is a constitutional right.
Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo is facing charges of money laundering after authorities allegedly seized USD 340,000 on his ABSA bank account transacted from an unknown foreign source. The government suspects that this money is meant to facilitate the activities of the NUP party which they say may have an agenda of ‘destabilizing’ the country.