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Pastor Evan Mawarire Granted $300 Bail

FILE: Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire reads a bible as he arrives escorted by detectives at the Harare Magistrates court, Zimbabwe, Feb. 3, 2017.

The High Court has granted Pastor Evan Mawarire of #ThisFlag movement a $300 bail with the judge saying the state had a weak case against the minister of religion.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Mawarire was also ordered to report twice at Avondale Police Station, surrender his passport and not to interfere with witnesses.

Justice Clement Phiri said there was no need to keep Mawarire, who was represented by Harrison Nkomo and Jeremiah Bhamu, in remand prison before trial.

The independent NewsDay newspaper reported Wednesday evening that Mawarire’s lawyers had not yet received the High Court order by the end of the day for his liberty and were failing to pay his bail at the Magistrates’ Courts.

The cleric was expected to be taken back to remand prison. There was no comment from the Prison Services.

Mawarire faces charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government for organizing anti-government protests last year over the declining social and economic situation in Zimbabwe.

Similar charges were dropped before he fled to America where he stayed for six months.

Mawarire was arrested when he returned home last Wednesday.