Zimbabwe: Roy Bennet released from jail in Mutare

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A top MDC official Roy Bennett has just been set free a day after the Supreme Court ordered his release on bail.

This could reduce tension in the power-sharing government of Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai which faces the task of rebuilding the country’s shattered economy.

Bennett, set to become deputy agriculture minister in the unity government, was arrested on February 13 and charged with plotting terrorism.

He was released from jail in Mutare, 300 km (188 miles) east of the capital Harare. Bennett did not speak to journalists or supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change gathered outside the prison.

A High Court judge granted him bail last week but state prosecutors appealed against the decision. The Supreme Court ordered his release yesterday.

Bennett faces up to life in prison if convicted. His arrest is an early test for the new government, which Zimbabweans hope will end years of economic hardship.

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