Zim protest pastor Evan Mawarire granted bail

The judge said the State’s case against the founder of the #ThisFlag movement was weak.

FILE: Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire. Picture: ThisFlag Facebook page.

HARARE - A high court judge in Zimbabwe has on Wednesday afternoon granted bail to detained protest pastor Evan Mawarire, who’s been charged with subverting the government.

The judge said the State’s case against the founder of the #ThisFlag movement was weak.

This ruling is being celebrated on social media in Zimbabwe.

High Court Judge Clement Phiri, who’s previously ruled against Grace Mugabe, said Mawarire was a good candidate for bail as he was not likely to abscond.

He ordered Mawarire to pay US$300 in bail money, surrender his passport and report twice a week to his local police station.

The #ThisFlag founder has already spent a week in custody, part of it at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.

Defence lawyers say Mawarire is likely to only be released on Thursday after the paperwork is done.