Human rights lawyer Mtetwa granted bail

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By Zimbabwe Investor on March 25, 2013. No Comments

Beatrice Mtetwa rides at the back of a police pick-up truck following arrest

Beatrice Mtetwa rides at the back of a police pick-up truck following arrest

HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has been granted a US$500 bail by High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa a week after being arrested together with staff from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office.

Justice Musakwa set aside a decision last week by a magistrate to deny Mtetwa bail.

“I am satisfied with the application by the appellant and I set aside the ruling of the (magistrate’s) court,” Musakwa said.

Mtetwa was arrested a day after Zimbabweans took to the polls to vote overwhelmingly in favour of a new constitution expected to pave way for a crucial general election.

Following her arrest, lawyers filed an urgent High Court application to have her released. An order by Justice Charles Hungwe to release Mtetwa was ignored by police.  She was later to be denied bail by the magistrate Ms Marehwanazvo Gofa.