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Latest on Evan Mawarire's treason trial

by Mandla Ndlovu
21 Feb 2019 at 07:10hrs | Views
#This Flag founder Pastor Evan Mawarire's trial was yesterday moved to 19 March after the state indicated that it was not ready for the trial.

Mawarire is accused of two charges 1) plotting to overthrow the government and 2) inciting public violence. He faces up to 20 years in prison without the option of a fine if found guilty.

"State is now merging my docket with Trade Unions President Peter Mutasa to try us together. Matter moved to 19th March as the state is not ready with a trial date. We won't back down from speaking the truth and calling injustice out. Be of good COURAGE, we will prevail." Mawarire said after the court case.

Mawarire was freed on bail on 29 January after being detained for 13 days following violent anti-government protests.

Nationwide demonstrations erupted on January 14 after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that fuel prices were being doubled.

At least 12 people died in the ensuing crackdown in which security forces said they arrested more than 1 100 individuals, including leading trade unionists and opposition Movement for Democratic Change lawmakers and senior figures.

Mawarire was arrested on subversion charges at his home on January 16. He is accused of incitement to commit violence for posting videos on social media supporting the national strike called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions..

The outspoken pastor was granted bail on condition that he surrenders his passport and reports to a police station three times a week.

Source - Byo24News