High court has released human Rights defender Nicholas Opio on a cash bail of ShS. 15M and ordered him to deposit his passport to court.
Justice Jane Okuo Kajuga while releasing Opio said that however much a charge is, it all remains an allegation until proven guilty and that courts are expected not to deny bail as a punishment.
Opio was arrested alongside other four lawyers who included Herbert Dakase, Esmu OBure, Hasson Oduru and a human rights officer Hammidu Tenwya from a hotel in Kamwokya.
Opio is being charged with money laundering and has been on remand at Kitalya prison since December 24th after being charged with money laundering and failure to file returns.
It’s alleged that Opio on October 8,2020 at ABSA bank Garden City branch in Kampala district got money Worth’s USD 340,000 almost ShS 1.2Bn through bank account No 6004078045 in the names of chapter Four Uganda knowing that at the time of receipt, the said funds were precedes of crime.
However during a bail application hearing, state objected the bail saying that the case against the accused was too big and that he would also influence the investigations.
But Opio’s lawyers headed by David Mpanga asked the trial judge to grant their client bail saying that he had fulfilled all the court requirements.