Quest for jailed opposition leader’s bail continues today

HARARE - Lawyers for opposition secretary general Tendai Biti will seek his release on bail on Tuesday, nearly three weeks after the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party politician was arrested as he arrived at Harare International airport.

The bail application has been set down for Tuesday before Ben Hlatshwayo, one of the defence lawyers Lewis Uriri .

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 engulfed Zimbabwe since the March poll and which has seen 86 MDC supporters killed and more than 200 000 others displaced is a directly liked to the document.

Biti denies penning the document while his party claims that his arrest and trial as well as the arrest of several other MDC leaders was just part of an attempt by the government to derail and destabilise the opposition party. – ZimOnline

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