Zim police want to 'interview' protest pastor

2016-07-29 16:03
Pastor Evan Mawarire (File, AFP)

Pastor Evan Mawarire (File, AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabwean police want to "interview" protest pastor Evan Mawarire, possibly to press fresh charges, his lawyer has told a newspaper.

Harrison Nkomo said police told him to bring his client to the Harare central police station next Tuesday.

"They said they wanted him for an interview, but it looks like they want to charge him with subverting a constitutionally-elected government," Nkomo told the Zimbabwe Independent weekly, a well-respected privately-owned newspaper.

He successfully argued for Mawarire's release from police custody earlier this month.

Mawarire, who started the This Flag protest movement, is in South Africa at the moment. He has indicated that he does not feel safe returning home.

Threats that President Robert Mugabe made during a speech to war veterans in Harare this week would not have made the 39-year-old father of two feel any safer. Mugabe said he and his party knew "how to deal with our enemies".

Prosecutors tried to charge Mawarire with subverting the government earlier this month, but the case was thrown out after the magistrate ruled the pastor had been unlawfully charged.

The authorities maintain that Mawarire was inciting violence, a claim he has denied.

Read more on:    zanu -pf  |  evan mawarire  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
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