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Zimbabwe court acquits pastor of trying to overthrow Mugabe

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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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World Cup: Belgium defeats Tunisia 5-2

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MOSCOW — Belgium have defeated Tunisia 5-2 to move one step closer to the next round of the World Cup on Saturday.

Two goals each from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku eased Belgium to a 5-2 win over Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.

Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game’s dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in added time.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Belgium with a goal from the penalty spot before Lukaku extended the Belgium lead, Tunisia pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 before Lukaku restored the two goal cushion with a deftly chipped finish over the goalkeeper.

Second half goals from Hazard and Batshuayi finished the game as a contest before a consolation from Khazri with the last kick of the game.

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