The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo has “decided to discontinue proceedings” against human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo.
Opiyo was arrested last year in December by plain-clothed security officers from a restaurant in Kamwokya alongside other lawyers namely Herbert Dakasi, Anthony Odur and Esomu Obure and NUP’s Human Rights Officer, Hamid Tenywa.
He was later charged before Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court with ‘money laundering and neglect to submit annual returns to the NGO Bureau’ before being remanded till December 28, 2020 when his case came up for mention.
The State alleged that on October 8, at a branch of Absa Bank in Kampala, Nicholas Opio acquired $340,000 (about Shs1.2 billion) in the name of the human rights organization Chapter Four. Prosecutors said at the time, he knew the funds were proceeds of crime.
DPP’s decision to withdraw the case comes a few days after High Court judge Lawrence Gidudu gave government an ultimatum of seven days to complete investigating the corruption case brought against Opiyo or have the charges against him terminated.