HARARE — A Zimbabwean court has acquited activist pastor Evan Mawarire on Wednesday after finding him not guilty of subversion trying to overthrow former president Robert Mugabe in protests last year that shut down major cities and paralysed public transport.
The court ruling came a week after Mugabe, who ruled for nearly 40 years, was ousted by a military intervention recently.
“There is no evidence that he (Mawarire) urged a violent removal of government,” high court judge Priscilla Chigumba said in her ruling.
The judge also said Mawarire had called for non-violent protests in response to the country’s economic crisis.
“This could be evidence of a freer Zimbabwe but this case had no legs to stand on. I think a lot more needs to be seen to determine whether this is a free judiciary going forward,” Mawarire told reporters in the courtroom soon after Judge Priscilla Chigumba’s judgment.
Mawarire became the face of anti-Mugabe demonstrations last year when he posted an Internet video of him wearing the national flag and lamenting Zimbabwe’s troubles.
In 2016, pastor Mawarire led a stay-at-home demonstration that lead to the first of his several arrests.The pastor’s #ThisFlag movement had been a thorn in the side of the former Mugabe government.
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Passenger bus falls from bridge, leaving 12 dead, injuring 46 in India’s Sitamadhi
PATNA — At least 12 people were killed and 46 others injured on Saturday after a passenger bus carrying them fell from a bridge in India’s eastern state of Bihar, officials said.
A bus carrying over 60 passengers fell off a bridge in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, about 130 kilometres north of state capital Patna, killing 12 persons on the spot on Saturday evening, local media reported.
The accident took place at around 6 pm on the National Highway 77 near Bhanaspatti village under Runnisaidpur area of the district. Police said the bus was heading to Aurai via Runnisaidpur from Muzaffarpur.
Reports said following the accident, some of the witnesses informed police who rushed to the spot along with health teams to carry out rescue operation.
Of the injured, 34 were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Runnisaidpur while 12 were rushed to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur.Follow @gorkhapost