The Zimbabwean state has dropped the most serious charges against six activists who faced the death penalty for treason.
They now face the lesser charge of “subverting a constitutional government”—but this still carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Their trial begins on 18 July.
Their bail conditions have also been relaxed—they have to report to the police once a month instead of three times a week.
The six, including former MP Munyaradzi Gwisai, were among more than 40 people arrested on 19 February for watching a video about the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
Keep up the international pressure and solidarity to get all of the charges dropped.
Donate to the solidarity fund.
Account Name: CDL–MINE–LINE Worker Solidarity Fund.
Deposit reference: Zimbabwe Treason Trialists Solidarity Fund.
Bank: NEDBANK, Killarney Branch, PO Box 87157, Houghton, 2041, South Africa. Branch code: 191 60535
Current account number: 100 185 3784. SWIFT code: NEDSZAJJ.
Please email with details of what you have deposited to firstname.lastname@example.org