Zim court relaxes Tendai Biti's bail conditions
Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti's bail conditions have reportedly been relaxed after a Harare court "cancelled his reporting terms".
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the development came after Biti, through his lawyer Alec Muchadehama made an application for the cancellation of his reporting conditions, arguing that they were not serving any purpose.
Biti, a veteran figure in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was arrested after he was deported by Zambian authorities last month when he tried to seek an asylum in that country following a deadly postelection crackdown.
He faced charges of inciting violence and violating Zimbabwe's Electoral Act, AFP reported
The MDC was defeated in July's historic first elections since the military ousted former president Robert Mugabe in November.
Mugabe's successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner by a narrow margin – a result the opposition has furiously contested, alleging fraud. Biti, an internationallyrespected finance minister in Zimbabwe's troubled 20092013 power-sharing government, had proclaimed a victory for the opposition before the official announcement of the results.
According to Zimbabwe's state-run Chronicle newspaper, he was among nine suspects alleged to have incited protests over alleged rigging. The army opened fire with live ammunition on the opposition protesters, killing seven people and prompting an international outcry.
RELAXED: Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti.