Ailing Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Activist Jacob Ngarivhume Finally Granted Bail

The release comes after four previous attempts by the two men since their arrests on 20 July.

After spending at least six weeks in detention without trial on charges of “incitement to participate in a gathering with intent to promote public violence”, freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and his co-accused, political activist Jacob Ngarivhume, were on Wednesday 2 September granted bail by the High Court in Harare.

The two men appeared before different judges and were both granted their appeals against bail rulings made by a magistrate’s court last week. Chin’ono and Ngarivhume were released on varying stringent conditions. They were separately arrested but jointly charged on 20 July.

Granting bail to Chin’ono, the court said his health was also taken into consideration. The whistle-blowing journalist was granted bail on condition he lodges ZWL$10,000 (R473) with the clerk of court, surrenders his passport and title deeds, resides at his given address and reports twice a week to the police. Chin’ono is also required not to post on his Twitter account or to create any other Twitter account to incite the holding of mass demonstrations until the end of his matter.

He will appear in court again on 14 September. Speaking to…

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