Uganda charges leading lawyer for LGBT rights with money laundering

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12/25/2020

Nicholas Opiyo, one of Uganda’s most prominent human rights lawyers, has been charged with money laundering. Opiyo, known for representing LGBTQ+ people, appeared before magistrates in Kampala on Thursday and was remanded in custody until 28 December. The case has been forwarded to the anti-corruption court. It’s alleged that Opiyo, executive director of rights group Chapter Four Uganda, withdrew $340,000 (£252,000) from the organisation’s account on 8 October, “knowing at the time of receipt that the said funds were proceeds of crime”. Opiyo could not enter a plea because the court lacked jurisdiction to handle the case. He has been remanded in a prison about 50km (31 miles) from Kampala.

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