Six activists appeal conspiracy verdicts
HARARE | Six Zimbabwean activists convicted of conspiring to commit violence because they watched videos of Arab uprisings are appealing their convictions and sentences, their attorneys said this week.
Attorney Alec Muchadehama said he filed appeal papers arguing that if the activists actually plotted violence at their February 2011 meeting, as the court found, they should have been prosecuted for treason, a charge that carries a possible death sentence. The group says the court’s ruling is “misguided.”
Mr. Muchadehama said he also is applying to have set aside the $500 fines, suspended imprisonment and community service handed to the group.
The court ruling also was based on evidence of a “dishonest witness” who lied about his true identity as a police officer when he infiltrated the group, Mr. Muchadehama said.