NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A distinguished Zimbabwean journalist charged with speaking falsehoods has been despatched to jail isolation after it emerged that he was seemingly uncovered to individuals with COVID-19 previous to his arrest.
Zimbabwe police on Friday arrested Hopewell Chin’ono for the third time in 5 months. The most recent arrest comes after he tweeted that police had crushed an toddler to demise whereas imposing COVID-19 lockdown guidelines this week. Police later stated the data was false.
On Saturday, his attorneys argued for his freedom, asserting that his arrest was unlawful, however the court docket couldn’t end listening to the arguments and remanded him in custody.
His lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, stated Chin’ono may have been uncovered to individuals who had since examined constructive for COVID-19 throughout a current go to to South Africa –- a cause why he ought to be allowed to remain at residence.
The prosecution, then again, argued that his publicity was cause to ship him to remand jail “to maintain everybody protected” till he undergoes a medical examination.
Justice of the Peace Lazini Ncube ordered that Chin’ono be transported to jail individually from different prisoners, and that he ought to be saved in isolation whereas his bid for freedom continues to be heard on Monday.
The Justice of the Peace stated Chin’ono ought to be supplied with blankets and heat water, situations that weren’t out there throughout his earlier stints in jail, based on his attorneys.
Earlier than the newest arrest, Chin’ono was out on bail on prices of inciting violence after he voiced assist for an anti-government protest in July, and likewise on contempt of court docket prices for allegedly claiming corruption inside the nationwide prosecution company.
Chin’ono is considered one of Zimbabwe’s most distinguished critics of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, accusing it of corruption and human rights abuses. The federal government denies the costs.
Earlier than he was arrested in July, Chin’ono had revealed an expose on Twitter by which he alleged corruption involving a $60 million buy of protecting tools for well being staff.
Mnangagwa later fired the well being minister, who has been formally charged with corruption. Chin’ono and his backers say he’s being focused for exposing authorities graft. The federal government and the ruling get together accuse him of being out to tarnish Mnangagwa’s picture.
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