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Zimbabwe Judge Refuses To Consider Bail Request For Rights Activist Mukoko


Zimbabwean human rights activist Jestina Mukoko, currently held in the Chikurubi Maximum Security Remand Prison in Harare, sustained another legal setback on Wednesday as a High Court judge declined an application from her lawyers seeking her release on bail.

High Court Justice Alfias Chitakunye responded that Mukoko, held on allegations that she conspired with opposition Movement for Democratic Change activists to overthrow the government of President Robert Mugabe, had not been formally charged in magistrate’s court so he could not take up the application for her to be granted bail.

Mukoko was seized from her Norton home Dec. 3 by state security agents and later produced by police who accused her of participating in the alleged coup conspiracy.

Her defenders have said those allegations are unfounded.

Lawyer Harrison Nkomo, representing Mukoko, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he will seek relief for her in the Supreme Court.

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