Police have Wednesday evening revealed they are “deepening investigations” into a case of money laundering against human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo.
“We would like to further inform the public that the Task Team actively investigating Lawyer Nicholas Opio and others for violating anti-Money laundering rules has deepened its investigations into the preliminary findings,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga.
Opiyo was yesterday picked by security services from a restaurant in Kamwokya alongside other lawyers of opposition National Unity Platform (NUP).
Uganda Law Society (ULS) said in a statement today that Opiyo met with with his lawyer David Mpanga and other counsels.
Opiyo, according to ULS, said he was “treated well, accommodated and fed decently along with his colleague Dakasi.”
At 10:30am today, Opiyo further said police “have not charged him or taken his statement yet”.
He later met family members and received food and clothing before being taken to his residence for a police search.
Enanga today said Police’s “Forensic teams are analysing exhibits that have been recovered so far.”
The suspects, according to Enanga, “still remain in our custody at the Special Investigations Division Kireka.”
Police are yet to provide specifics of the case against Opiyo.
Sources tell ChimpReports that Opiyo is being investigated for using his accounts as a conduit for money from foreigners to support opposition groups and civil society entities in Uganda.
It’s further alleged that Opiyo was the mastermind of dossiers seeking United States’ sanctions against the Ugandan government.
Police yesterday Opiyo was being investigated over “malicious acts” which officials say are related to mobilizing U.S. Congressmen and foreign human rights groups to bring an end to President Museveni’s Government.
This Wednesday evening, U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo “called on the Ugandan authorities to ensure an environment where civil society can undertake election training and monitoring.”
Pompeo emphasised: “Recent restrictions on NGO election activities and intimidation of human rights advocates undermine such an environment.”