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Zimbabwe court releases rights lawyer on bail
March 18, 2013
court on Monday released a prominent human rights lawyer on $500
bail, after more than a week in prison in a case that has renewed
criticism of President Robert Mugabe's security forces.
High Court Judge
Joseph Musakwa set aside an earlier decision by a magistrate to
deny Beatrice Mtetwa bail.
"I am satisfied
with the application by the appellant and I set aside the ruling
of the (lower) court," Musakwa said.
Mtetwa was arrested
last week together with four aides of Mugabe rival Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai. Mtetwa was accused of shouting at and taking
pictures of police officers who were conducting a search at the
home of one of the aides.
came a day after Zimbabweans voted
overwhelmingly for a new constitution that would curb presidential
powers and pave the way for elections later this year.
and civic rights groups fear Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party are already
undermining the chances of a free and fair election.
The bail hearing
for the four Tsvangirai aides is expected on Tuesday.
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