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found guilty of inciting public violence
Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
March 19, 2012
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of Zimbabwe Lecturer and former MDC-T MP, Munyaradzi Gwisai,
was on Monday found guilty of conspiracy to incite public violence
with a view to overthrowing the unity government.
Gwisai was convicted
together with Antoinette Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Edson Chakuma,
Hopewell Gumbo and Welcome Zimuto. They will be sentenced on Tuesday
and lawyers are hoping it will be a non-custodial one.
An alert on
the Crisis on Zimbabwe Coalition Facebook page said Harare provincial
Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini found the six guilty of conspiracy
to commit a crime under section 188 of the Criminal
Law Codification and Reform Act.
The group was
arrested in February last year, together with 39 other human rights
activists. Police claimed then that the group was plotting to destabilise
the government when they watched video footage of the Egypt uprising.
Initially when they were arrested, police
accused the group of treason but downgraded the charges to inciting
Our Harare correspondent
Simon Muchemwa told us the conviction was roundly condemned by leaders
from the civil society organizations who packed the court room.
Most said the judgment was 'a political one' meant to
appease those in ZANU PF.
'There was general
disagreement by many who were in the court room. They were accusing
the magistrate of acting like agents of ZANU PF,' Muchemwa
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