Saturday, April 11, 2009

Journalists, acivists o stay in jail

from Zim on line

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s High Court on Thursday granted bail to a freelance journalist and two MDC activists but they will remain in custody after the state said it was appealing against the order.

Freelance journalist Andrison Manyere, MDC head of security Chris Dhlamini, and Gandhi Mudzingwa, who is a former personal aide to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, successfully petitioned the High Court for bail after three failed attempts including an appeal in the Supreme Court.

They are accused of planning acts of banditry, insurgency and terrorism to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government....
“The offence they are charged with has strong political connotations, therefore, if political party allegiance was a factor in their case then their party (MDC)’s involvement in the inclusive government must be a factor in their favour. It’s highly unlikely that they will commit similar offences during the tenure of this new government.”...

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