Zimbabwe’s pastor and activist Evan Mawarire who was arrested on charges of subversion amid violent anti-government protests is released on bail.
Mawarire was granted a $2000 bail by a High Court judge, after spending nearly two weeks in remand prison detention. Other bail conditions include surrendering his passport and title deeds as well as reporting to the police three times a week as the case is heard.
Mawarire was seized from his Harare home by armed police after recording a social media viral video calling for a three-day job stay away by locals, in protest over a government decision to hike fuel prices by more than double. The stay away led to destruction of property, looting, and nationwide violence
Mawarire’s lawyers, a group of Zimbabwe lawyers for human rights, ZLHR, confirmed Mawarire was due to be released on Wednesday.
Mawarire is one of more than 1,000 people who were arrested in a security crackdown over their alleged roles in demonstrations that took place this month following a hike in fuel prices.