Zim court releases rights lawyer on bail

Zimbabwe's high court has released human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on $500 bail.

Zimbabwe's high court has released prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on $500 bail.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's high court on Monday released prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on R4637.75 bail, after more than a week in prison in a case that has renewed criticism of President Robert Mugabe's security forces.

High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa set aside an earlier decision by a magistrate to deny Mtetwa bail.

"I am satisfied with the application by the appellant and I set aside the ruling of the (lower) court," Musakwa said.