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Entertainment Uganda: The floor abandons the lawsuit against Nicholas opiyo

03:05  15 september  2021
03:05  15 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le défenseur des droits humains Nicholas Opiyo. © Facebook / Nicholas Opiyo The human rights defender Nicholas opiyo.

The parquet off the prosecution for money laundering against Nicholas Opiyo, one of the most famous human rights defenders of the country and the most critical towards power. His arrest last December, denounced by many activists for civil liberties, had made a big noise, in the middle of an election campaign on before the January vote. He was released a few days later. His trial was close to the point for months.

With our correspondent in Kampala, Lucie Mouillaud

is a relief for David Mpanga, the lawyer of Nicholas Opiyo. After nine months of investigation, the Prosecution had not yet submitted proof before the judges. Last week, the Tribunal therefore gave a seven days to the Prosecutor to unveil the results of the investigations.

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An untenable period, according to the words of the parquet spokeswoman. But for David Mpanga, the prosecution for money laundering open in December did not have to achieve, but to put his client under pressure.

Before the January vote, Nicholas Opiyo had been very critical towards the police. At the time, he also conducted an investigation into the November demonstrations, during which 54 people died from the official reports.

today, no more charge weighs against him. But the Ugandan authorities suspended a few weeks ago his civil liberty organization, at the same time as 53 other NGOs. In cause: failure to comply with certain administrative procedures. Charges that denied Nicholas opiyo.

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