MDC detainees get bail

Two of at least 30 rights and opposition activists accused of plotting to topple Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe have been released on bail, their lawyer said yesterday.

Two of at least 30 rights and opposition activists accused of plotting to topple Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe have been released on bail, their lawyer said yesterday.

Lawyer Alec Muchadehama said that opposition Movement for Democratic Change activist Fidelis Chiramba and Broderick Takawira of the rights watchdog Zimbabwe Peace Project were among eight detainees ordered released on US$600 (R6000) bail each.

"As part of the bail conditions they were ordered to surrender their passports and surety in the form of title deeds. Only two met the conditions and were released. The other six have no passports. The prosecution asked that they remain in custody while they establish whether they have passports or not," he said.

The eight are among at least 30 activists taken from their homes by people claiming to be police and detained at undisclosed locations. Some of them were accused of recruiting or goading people to undergo military training in Botswana to overthrow Mugabe while seven were accused of bombing police stations and a railway bridge. - Sapa

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