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Rights group leader jailed to Jan. 30
January 16, 2013
A Zimbabwe court
has refused to release
on bail a human rights leader facing allegations of fraud and forgery
relating to election documents.
alleged Wednesday that Okay Machisa, head of the independent Zimbabwe
Human Rights Association, obtained a voter registration form
and made counterfeit copies ahead of elections scheduled later this
Monday, denies any wrongdoing. He is to be held in jail to reappear
in court Jan. 30.
says it routinely monitors election procedures and voter registration
and voter education programs in the interests of free and fair polling.
have condemned Machisa's arrest as a ploy to intimidate activists
in the run up to elections to end a shaky coalition
government formed after the last disputed and violent
polling in 2008.
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