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Hopewell Chin’ono to remain in jail

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Hopewell Chin’ono to remain in jail. Freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono will remain in prison & will know the outcome of his bail appeal on Friday at 11:30 after Justice Tawanda Chitapi heard arguments from his lawyers & those representing the State & reserved judgment.

During the bail appeal hearing, Hopewell’s lawyers Beatrice Mtetwa, Gift Mtisi & Doug Coltart of @ZLHRLawyers submitted arguments in support of the bail appeal which they filed on behalf of @daddyhope2 seeking his release from prison. However, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa, said:

Hopewell Chin’ono’s continued pre-trial detention is a violation of his human rights – Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa

“Hopewell Chin’ono’s continued pre-trial detention is a violation of his human rights. He should never have spent a single night in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, as he is being detained solely for his journalistic work. His continued detention is the latest tactic to target and harass critical voices through the misuse of the criminal justice system.

Hopewell should never have spent a single night in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, as he is being detained solely for his journalistic work – Muleya Mwananyanda

“Zimbabwean authorities must stop targeting Hopewell for exercising his right to freedom of expression. He must be immediately and unconditionally released, and all charges against him should be dropped.

Zimbabwean authorities must stop targeting Hopewell for exercising his right to freedom of expression. He must be immediately and unconditionally released, and all charges against him should be dropped – Muleya Mwananyanda

“The authorities are ordering Hopewell’s pre-trial detention only to settle scores and prevent him from reporting on issues of public interest. The authorities must stop using the criminal justice system to silence critical voices.”

Source – MbareTimes/ZimCitizenNews

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