NRM boss arrested for defilement, freed


Dan Opima, the NRM registrar Arua who is released on a three million cash bail on Wednesday over a case of aggravated defilement/ URN PHOTO

Arua high court on Wednesday granted a cash bail of Shs 3m to Dan Opima, the NRM registrar in Arua.

Dan Opima Verses is accused of defiling a 14-year old pupil of Arua Demonstration Primary School.

He was arrested on 28th July this year.

He was remanded to Arua government prisons on July 30th and charged with aggravated defilement.

The girl whose identity cannot be revealed is a daughter to the brother in-law of the accused.

Dan, 59, is a former Ugandan ambassador to Belgium and Ethiopia.

He first appeared before chief magistrate court on July 30th and later remanded to Arua government prison into the case.

Jimmy Madira, the accused lawyer applied for bail on grounds that, he is old and had developed hypertension.

However, prosecution led by Ms Harriet Adubango said Opima should not be granted bail on grounds that he would interfere with investigations.

The Judge committed him to the High court on charges of aggravated defilement.

Yesterday, Arua High court judge, Justice Vincent Okwanga, in an order said it’s a constitutional right of an accused person to be granted bail.

He was asked to pay Shs 3m and freed.


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