Six ac­tivists ap­peal con­spir­acy ver­dicts

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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.

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