International award winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was yesterday freed on a $10 000 following his arrest a couple weeks ago.
After several attempts to secure bail with the magistrates court, an appeal with the high court was lodged after which he got his freedom with conditions attached.
“The appeal be and is hereby granted. The reasons given by the magistrate in denying him bail are hereby set aside,” ruled High Court judge Tawanda Chitapi Wednesday.
The conditions set by the High Court Judge for Chin’ono includes, surrendering his travel document and title deeds for his up market home with court officials. He is charged with inciting violence for the failed 31 July protests.
He was also ordered to continue residing at his last given address and to report physically to the police three times a week.
Hopewell Chin’ono and Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume were both freed on bail on the same day.
The two were both arrested separately on 20 July this year accused of inciting citizens to revolt against government during the tense period leading up to the July 31 anti-government protests which were stifled by police and army’s heavy handedness.
Chin’ono was seen out of the prison by his lawyers, Beatrice Mthetwa and Doug Coltart.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News