Human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo arrested for allegations of money laundering

The Uganda Police have confirmed that they have human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo in their custody.

Opiyo was arrested on Tuesday by security operatives. He was picked from a Lamaro restaurant located in Kamwokya, handcuffed and taken to an unknown location.

Nicholas Opiyo was arrested with three other human rights lawyers, Dakasi Herbert, Odur Anthony and Esomu Obure.

The fifth person is Tenywa Hamid, Human Rights Officer. The five had barely started having lunch when men in plain clothes, armed with guns arrested them and swiftly forced them into the van. We’ve been told that they were driven to Kireka while blind folded!

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According to Police, the city lawyer was arrested by a Joint Task team of Security and Financial Intelligence, on allegations of money laundering and related malicious acts.

“The investigations are progressing well and any new developments will be communicated in due course. He remains in our custody at the Special Investigations Division,” Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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