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SENIOR OPPOSITION FIGURE IN ZIMBABWE APPEARS IN COURT FOR INCITING VIOLENCE.
Senior opposition figure in Zimbabwe appears in court for inciting violence.
10 August 2018 | 13:14

Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti on Thursday, was charged with inciting public violence and declaring unofficial election results, as fears grew about a government crackdown following the disputed July 30 election.

The court appearance followed dramatic events in which Biti fled to Zambia, was denied asylum and was handed over to Zimbabwean security forces, in defiance of a Zambian court order.

Western diplomats including the United States, and the UN refugee agency quickly expressed concern today.

The charge of inciting public violence could bring up to a decade in prison, while the charge of declaring unofficial election results carries a maximum six-month sentence.

He was granted a $5,000 bail and must surrender his passport to authorities, report twice a day and not address political rallies.

Biti's plight has raised concerns that the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who narrowly won the first election after the fall of Robert Mugabe, will treat the opposition just as harshly as before, despite promises of reforms.

The opposition says it is preparing a legal challenge to the election results, calling them fraudulent and Biti told journalists that they will keep fighting.

 



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