Zimbabwe court denied release of human rights activists

On January 2, 2009, a Zimbabwe judge ruled that Zimbabwe Peace Project leader Jestina Mukoko and 31 other activists charged with plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe must remain in jail. High Court Judge Alphias Chitakunye denied a motion for the activists' immediate release, and held that they must remain in custody until they appeared before the Magistrate Court. The ruling followed a lower court rulings that denied bail for the advocacy leader and the other activists pending their appearance before the Zimbabwe Supreme Court. Mukoko played a key role in monitoring and publicizing the wave of violence that hit the country before and after the 2008 presidential elections and the run-off elections that followed. Zimbabwe's Supreme Court dismissed the charges against ten people in September 2009, including Mukoko.

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