Human rights lawyer and CEO Chapter four Uganda Nicholas Opiyo has been released from prison, a week after his arrest. Opiyo was granted cash bail of Ugx. 15m bail by the High Court’s Lady Justice Jane Okuo Kajuga.The Human rights’ lawyer was arrested on 22nd December 2020 by a Joint Task team of Security and Financial Intelligence, on allegations of money laundering and related malicious acts.He was later arraigned before courts of law and sent to Kitalya prison where he spend Christmas until today, when he regained temporary freedom. Several international bodies including the US Mission in Uganda advocated for his release. The new US Ambassador Natalie Brown met with President Yoweri Museveni and spoke about Opiyo’s case.after his release today, the US Mission in Uganda said they welcomed the ruling and warned that those who undermine democracy will face the consequences. “We welcome today’s release on bail of @NickOpiyo. Civil society actors and human rights defenders play a vital role in educating the citizenry and must be allowed to carry out their work free from harassment. There will be consequences for those who undermine democracy” they tweeted.During court sitting today, Lady Justice Jane Kajuga noted that however serious a charge is, it all but remains an allegation and that Courts are expected not to deny bail as a punishment.
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