Saturday, January 03, 2009

Zim court dismisses contempt charges

from Reuters SA

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's High Court on Friday dismissed contempt charges against police for refusing to release a leading rights campaigner charged with plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe's government.

Lawyers for Jestina Mukoko, who heads the Zimbabwe Peace Project, which documents political violence, had filed contempt of court charges after police refused to release her from detention, as ordered by a High Court Judge last month.

Mukoko -- one of Mugabe's most influential critics -- and 15 other mainly opposition activists have been charged with recruiting or attempting to recruit people to overthrow the government, banditry and bombing police stations....

State prosecutors, who had appealed the earlier High Court ruling ordering Mukoko be released, said they were happy with the ruling.

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