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Zimbabwe socialists' trial delayed

Issue No. 2270

The trial of six activists arrested in Zimbabwe for showing news footage of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt began last Thursday.

Hundreds protested outside the court. But no sooner had the six pleaded not guilty, the trial was delayed again until Tuesday of this week.

The six are International Socialist Organisation general coordinator Munyaradzi Gwisai, and Tafadzwa Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Hopewell Gumbo, Welcome Zimuto and Edison Chakuma.

They were originally arrested in February along with 40 others. Detainees were tortured and charged with treason, which carries a death penalty.

The case has continually been put back and the charges reduced, though the defendants could still be imprisoned for 20 years.

Supporters say that the delays are directly because of the weakness of the state’s case.


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Tue 20 Sep 2011, 18:04 BST
Issue No. 2270
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