Zimbabwe: Beatrice Mtetwa released on bail

Beatrice Mtetwa was eventually released today after mounting pressure from human rights groups and legal bodies, including the ICJ.

High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa finally decided to grant bail to Beatrice Mtetwa, under three conditions: that she deposits $500, that she resides at the given address and that she does not interfere with the ongoing investigations.

The ICJ believes that the politically-motivated harassment against Mtetwa is a threat to the legal profession in Zimbabwe – intended to alarm lawyers and intimidate them from providing independent representation.

Beatrice Mtetwa was arrested after attempting to come to the aid of her clients, Thabani Mpofu, Felix Matsinde, Anna Muzvidziwa and Worship Dumba, all MDC-T members, the opposition party.

The government has cracked down hard on dissidents as Zimbabwe approaches presidential elections.

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