Court throws out case against anti-Mu­gabe pas­tor

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A Zim­bab­wean court on Wed­nes­day dis­missed charges against a re­li­gious leader ac­cused of try­ing to over­throw the gov­ern­ment, say­ing pros­e­cu­tors did not prop­erly present the case.

“It’s my find­ing that the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity can­not charge the ac­cused for (the) first time in court with­out charges be­ing read out to him,” Mag­is­trate Vakayi Chik­wekwe told a packed court­room

His lawyers suc­cess­fully ar­gued that the charge of sub­ver­sion had been added at the last minute, deny­ing him a fair trial.

The pas­tor has been at the heart of a so­cial me­dia cam­paign de­nounc­ing the gov­ern­ment’s man­age­ment of the econ­omy.

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