Zimbabwe activists denied bail

Zimbabwean riot police patrol outside the Harare Magistrate's Court on March 19, 2013Seven Zimbabwean opposition activists arrested earlier this week for protesting against the government are to remain in custody after prosecutors appealed against their bail, an attorney told AFP on Saturday. Prosecutors invoked a controversial section of the penal code that allows the state to appeal a bail ruling even after it is granted by the court. “They were asked to pay US$300 bail each, but the state invoked section 121 of the criminal procedure and evidence act,” said the lawyer, Obey Shava. Riot police in the capital Harare used batons to break up protests by activists from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change demanding President Robert Mugabe deliver on his pre-election promise to create two million jobs.

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