Wednesday, May 13, 2009

LAST ZIMBABWE ACTIVISTS GET BAIL

A court in Zimbabwe has released on bail the last three of 18 activists who are charged with plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe.
They include a journalist, the head of security in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party and an MDC aide.
They are in hospital with injuries they say were inflicted in jail, but are no longer under armed guard.
The others, including leading rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko, were freed last Wednesday until the trial in July.
They were initially jailed in December, then freed on bail in March, and re-arrested on Tuesday last week.
The activists say they were tortured into confessing to terrorism charges.
The releases came after Prime Minister Tsvangirai objected to President Mugabe about the jailing of the activists, many of whom are members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Correspondents say the affair has placed an extra strain on Zimbabwe's struggling unity government.

BBC NEWS REPORT.

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