By Staff Reporter
Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje removed freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono from remand after his lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa told the court that allegations against Chin’ono were ruled null and void by High Court.
Mtetwa of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) told the court that, “the High court squashed allegations of communicating false information leveled against the journalist and government critic, Chin’ono.”
Tweets had landed Chin’ono in jail for allegedly obstructing justice in November and later publishing false information in January.
The High Court dismissed the latter charge in April 2021, declaring the charges being laid against him had no legal basis.
The arrest on publishing falsehood was for the third time for the freelance journalist since he backed banned anti-government protests on social media in July 2020, when he was first arrested and charged with inciting public violence.
However, on publishing falsehood, lawyers had argued Chin’ono had been charged under a section of the criminal code that had been struck down by the Supreme Court in 2014.
High Court judge Jesta Charehwa then ruled in favor of Chin’ono saying “the argument is upheld … Charges against the appellant (are)hereby quashed.”