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Zimbabwe to Reconsider Early Release of Mercenaries

  • VOA News

Zimbabwe's Supreme Court has allowed the government to appeal the early release of 62 South Africans jailed as suspected mercenaries.

The court today (Wednesday) granted the request from prosecutors, who had argued that foreigners do not qualify for early release.

Lawyers for the South Africans say they will remain in prison until the appeal is heard in coming weeks. The attorneys had initially hoped the men would be freed and sent to South Africa earlier this month, after a local court agreed to reduce their sentences.

Zimbabwe arrested the 62 men along with several others last year, after their plane landed in Harare. Officials accused the men of planning to fly to Equatorial Guinea to overthrow the government.

Most were sentenced to one-year jail terms for weapons and immigration violations.

Some information for this report provided by SAPA and AFP.