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Top Zimbabwe Human Rights Activist Granted Bail

Prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa
A High Court judge Monday freed top human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa from remand prison after her committal by a magistrate last week.

Judge Joseph Musakwa granted Mtetwa bail after spending over a week in jail. She is accused of allegedly obstructing the course of justice when police raided homes of five staffers of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Office.

Mtetwa was denied bail by a Harare magistrate last week on grounds that she was a flight risk and could interfere with investigations if released.

Meanwhile, the Law Society of Zimbabwe petitioned the co-ministers of home affairs, the police commissioner general, the attorney general, the justice minister and the chairperson of the judicial services commission expressing its displeasure over the Mtetwa’s incarceration.

The society’s president, Lloyd Mhishi, said his group was appalled that an order granted by High Court judge Charles Hungwe ordering the release of Mtetwa was ignored by the state.
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