Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo denied bail

The Magistrate said the charges against Mr Opiyo who doubles as the executive director of Chapter Four Uganda, can only be heard by the High Court.

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Mr Nicholas Opiyo in Court on Thursday|COURTESY PHOTO.

Human Rights lawyer, Mr Nicholas Opiyo has been remanded after he was on Thursday charged with money laundering.

Mr Opiyo appeared before Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court where the case was read to him.

He was however denied bail by the Chief Magistrate, Mr Douglas Singiza, on grounds that he (the Magistrate) has no jurisdiction to hear his case.

The Magistrate said the charges against Mr Opiyo who doubles as the executive director of Chapter Four Uganda, can only be heard by the High Court.

The Magistrate had initially sent him back to police custody arguing that prisons were full.

This website however understands that after a conversation between police and the court, Mr Opiyo was remanded to Kitalya prison and he will be returned to court on December 28, 2020.

Opiyo’s court appearance comes hours after the European Union and United States of America together with other members of Partners for Democracy and Governance Group (PDG) had questioned why he and others lawyers were being kept under police custody without formal charges.

PDG had called for the human rights defender to be charged as soon as possible or released unconditionally.

Mr Opiyo has been at the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka where he was taken after he was arrested on Tuesday

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