MDC to appeal against detention of Bennett

HARARE - A Zimbabwe court will hear an appeal by the state prosecutor tomorrow arguing that a jailed opposition official should not be freed on bail, the opposition MDC party said yesterday.

The jailing of Roy Bennett, pictured, who was arrested on February 13 and charged with plotting terrorism, has been a source of continuing friction between prime minister and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe.

"As there is no basis at law for the charges, and continued detention of Roy Bennett, and all other political prisoners, we demand their immediate unconditional release unharmed," the MDC said in a statement. Bennett had been set to become a junior minister in the unity government agreed between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, which many hope will take action to end the country's economic crisis. He faces up to life in jail if convicted. - Reuters