Zim court re­laxes Tendai Biti's bail con­di­tions

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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.

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