Friday, March 06, 2009

Mutare judge arrested for giving Bennett bail

fromthe BBC

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested a magistrate who allowed MDC ministerial nominee Roy Bennett to post bail.

Other magistrates in the town of Mutare have gone on strike in solidarity with Livingstone Chipadze, officials say.

"It is frightening if a magistrate is arrested because he has passed a judgment that is not popular with the state," Mr Bennett's lawyer said.

....Zimbabwean journalist David Farira in Mutare, on Zimbabwe's eastern border, says Mr Chipadze faces charges of criminal abuse of office. ...

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