High Court in Kampala has Wednesday granted bail to Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo.
Lady Justice Jane Okuo Kajuga in the session sitting at the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court, released Opiyo on a cash bail of Shs 15million.
The judge ruled that while the State had labelled the charges as serious, they remained simply as allegations until proven otherwise.
Opiyo has been on remand at Kitalya Prison since December 24th when he was charged with Money Laundering and failure to file returns with authorities.
The lawyer is accused of receiving up to Shs 1.2bn through his NGO Chapter 4 Uganda, which money the state described as “proceeds of crime.”
The bail hearing at the Buganda Road Court was attended by among other representatives from the Diplomatic Corps as well as members of the legal fraternity and CSO Leaders.
During the hearing, the State asked court to deny Opiyo bail on grounds that there were discrepancies in his claimed place of abode.
The State also claimed that if granted bail, the suspect was likely to reoffend and that investigators were yet to obtain necessary evidence from Chapter Four Uganda offices.
Opiyo’s lawyers led by David Mpanga on the other hand, asked the court to release their client because he had satisfied all the grounds for bail.
These also asked the court to order the Police to hand over Opiyo’s passport to the court so that if he wishes to travel, court can be notified.