Zim activists charged with treason

A group of detained activists in Zimbabwe were formally charged with bombing two Harare police stations on...

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at a campaign Rally in Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

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A defence lawyer said the charges were scandalous and ridiculous.

These seven were the first to be charged from a large group of Movement for Democratic Change members and activists in police custody.

They were charged with terrorism, banditry and insurgency.

Among them is Gandhi Mudzingwa, who was a former aide to Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC’s head of security Chris Dlamini.

Freelance journalist Andrison Manyere was also among those charged.

Prominent peace activist Jestina Mukoko was not one of them.

The charges against the seven stem from three mysterious bomb blasts at two of <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Harare’s police stations last year.

If convicted, they could face the death penalty.