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Zimbabwe court sentences opposition officials to 20 years for murder
Harare (DPA) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Monday sentenced three opposition officials to 20 years in prison each on charges of stoning a police officer to death when demonstrators clashed with police in 2009.
Initially, 29 people were arrested for the Harare incident, but most of them were acquitted.
Judge Chinembiri Bhunu convicted Tungamirai Madzokere, Yvonne Musarurwa and Last Maengahama from the country’s main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change.
The three were found guilty of murdering police inspector Petros Mutedza.
Another MDC official, Phineas Nhatarikwa, was found guilty of helping them and was fined 500 dollars.
MDC Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora said the trial was politically motivated and aimed at crushing the opposition at a time when protests have been multiplying against 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, whom critics accuse of wrecking the economy.
“Justice remains a dream in Zimbabwe. We will appeal against this clearly political and barbaric judgment,” Mwonzora told dpa. MDC Vice-President Thokozani Khupe told dpa that the party would continue staging protests despite the court ruling.
“We know that Mugabe and his Zanu-PF [party] are using the judiciary to silence us,” Khupe added.
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