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HARARE - A Zimbabwe court yesterday granted bail for MDC secretary general Tendai Biti who has been held in jail on charges of vote-rigging, subversion and "projecting the president as an evil man" and faces the death penalty.
"We have been granted bail by the high court and ordered to surrender one trillion Zimbabwean dollars with the clerk of courts as part of the bail conditions," his lawyer Lewis Uriri said.
"We've also been asked to surrender title deeds to his house and that he should report once a week to the police."
Uriri said he was on his way to the prison to free Biti, who was not in court for the hearing.
Prosecutors had not appealed the judgment, he said.
The court decision comes a day after MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai said no negotiations could take place over the country's crisis until Biti and 2000 other "political prisoners" were freed.
It was also issued on the eve of Zimbabwe's presidential run-off election, with President Robert Mugabe vowing to push ahead with the vote despite Tsvangirai withdrawing from the race.
The MDC has labelled Biti's arrest part of a pattern of harassment against the opposition.
Police arrested Biti on June 12, minutes after he arrived back in Zimbabwe following a long stay in South Africa. He was not charged until a week after his arrest.
He faces four charges, including subverting the government and election rigging. The charges stem from documents authorities say he authored that lay out plans to rig the March 29 first-round elections as well as planned changes to the military if the MDC came to power.
Uriri said the documents were forged. - Sapa-AFP