Zimbabwe: MDC secretary general Biti granted bail

source: ZimOnline
by Wayne Mafaro Thursday 26 June 2008

HARARE – Zimbabwe opposition secretary general Tendai Biti was on Thursday released on bail, a day before the country holds a controversial presidential run-off election that the opposition is boycotting.

High Court Judge Ben Hlatshwayo released Biti but imposed tough conditions including that the Movement for Democratic Change politician reports to police once every week, surrenders his passport and title deeds to his Harare house and that he deposits $1 trillion with the court.

Biti’s lawyer, Lewis Uriri, said: “He has been granted bail and we are processing the requirements. The state has not indicated that it may appeal against the ruling.”

The state is charging Biti with treason alleging he is the author of a controversial document that surfaced in government-owned media just before the March 29 elections and which the state claims outlines plans to seize power through unconstitutional means.

The state has claimed in court that the political violence that has [continue reading]



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