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Zimbabwe drops case against USA journalist on Mugabe tweet

Zimbabwe drops case against USA journalist on Mugabe tweet”

She was arrested in early November last year on charges of subversion and undermining the authority of now ousted President Robert Mugabe after allegedly tweeting that the 93-year-old was a "a selfish and sick man".

Ms. O'Donovan would have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted for subversion. A magistrate removed her from remand after prosecutors failed to provide a trial date, freeing her from the charges but only temporarily.

O'Donovan's lawyers Roselyne Hanzi and Obey Shava of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights had filed an application challenging her continued placement on remand with the State failing to give her a trial date.

"It all depends on what they gather but for now the case has crumbled. She is free for now", said Shava with the organization Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Magistrate Sabarauta ended the persecution of O'Donovan and ordered the State to proceed by way of summons if it intends to pursue with prosecuting the American citizen.

Ms. O'Donovan, of Martinsville, N.J., and a 2014 graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, smiled and hugged friends after the court appearance but made no comment.

His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has emphasized his desire to fix relations with Western governments, whose support will be crucial in obtaining assistance from global creditors. O'Donovan was arrested on Friday 03 November 2017 and charged with subverting constitutional government as defined in section 22 (2)(a) (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23 and undermining authority of or insulting the President in contravention of section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23.

On Sunday, the military rounded up eight activists for carrying placards denouncing Mnangagwa during a church service presided over by the president.



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