Pastor freed on bail in Zimbabwe

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Evan Mawarire has been in custody for a week

Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, who has been at the heart of a social media campaign known by the hashtag #ThisFlag, has been freed on bail, our reporter in Zimbabwe tweets.

The pastor was arrested last week on his return to the country after six months abroad.

He launched a campaign last year, denouncing the government’s management of the economy, and backed a stay-at-home strike in July – one of the largest anti-government protests in years.

The authorities tried to charge him with subversion and inciting public violence, but the case fell apart on technicalities last July.

He was detained last week at the airport and has been charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government.

The high court judge granted him bail today, saying the state’s case against him was weak and Mr Mawarire was not likely to abscond and showed a willingness to stand trial.

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