Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe court frees PM's aides on bail

2013-03-27 18:35
Beatrice Mtetwa (File, AFP)

Beatrice Mtetwa (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Special Report

Zim First Lady Grace Mugabe in $1.4m diamond ring scandal – reports
Zim First Lady Grace Mugabe in $1.4m diamond ring scandal – reports

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has been dragged to court for allegedly occupying three properties of a Lebanese businessman in a dispute over the purchase of a $1.4m diamond ring, reports say.

Harare - Four aides of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai were freed on bail on Wednesday, more than a week after their arrest drew criticism of President Robert Mugabe's security forces in an election year.

The four, along with prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, had been arrested for breaching official secrets law.

Critics accuse Mugabe of using state security to intimidate and crack down on opponents. The 89-year-old leader, who has ruled the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980, denies the allegations.

The detentions came a day after Zimbabweans overwhelmingly voted for a new constitution that seeks to curb the presidency and expand civil liberties.

"I am of the firm view that granting bail with strict conditions will meet the justice of this case," High Court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu said when overturning last week's decision by a lower court to deny the four bail.

The bail for the four was set at $500. Mtetwa was granted bail for the same amount on Monday.

Mugabe agreed to share power with Tsvangirai four years ago after a violent and disputed election and the uneasy coalition has managed to stabilise an economy wrecked by hyper-inflation.

The two bitter rivals will face each other for the third time in a presidential poll later this year.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  beatrice mtetwa  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
X

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.