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ZimRights officials acquitted
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
June 21, 2013

Two Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) officials and the organisation in its own capacity today, Friday June 21, were acquitted from criminal charges at the Harare Magistrates court before Magistrate Donald Ndirowei.

The allegation of conspiracy to commit fraud, or publish or communication falsehoods prejudicial to the state were leveled after the main office of the organisation was raided in December 2012 in Harare.

The acquitted are ZimRights Director and Education Programs Officer Leo Chamahwinya who were being represented by Beatrice Mtetwa and Trust Maanda respectively.

Meanwhile, the trial of Highfields Local Chapter chairperson, Dorcas Shereni, continues before the same court.

Analyst had vied the court case as targeted persecution against the organisation and its employees cloaked in the pretext of legal prosecution after the accused spent stints in prison amid a countrywide wave of raids and arrests of civil rights activists which began in August 2012.

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