Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

The Murder of Boris Nemtsov: Who Killed Charismatic Opposition Figure?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dealing with returning jihadists: Is de-radicalisation possible?

Read more

ENCORE!

Noel Gallagher, Bryce Dessner and ‘David Bowie is’ in Paris

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Agent Storm': How a militant Islamist became a CIA spy

Read more

FOCUS

China: New reform set to benefit migrants

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Caged children in Syria and dumpster diving in Ivory Coast

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French local elections: April 21st all over again?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Nemtsov murder: 'Calculated political violence'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Paul Kagame visits UNESCO HQ in Paris

Read more

Africa

MDC official Bennett released on bail, trial to begin next week

Video by Oliver FARRY

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-10-17

Roy Bennett (pictured), an MDC party official who is facing terrorism charges, was released on bail Friday pending trial. Party leader Morgan Tsvangirai earlier said he would boycott the unity government formed with President Robert Mugabe.

Roy Bennett, a senior official from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party who is facing terrorism charges, was released on bail late Friday after being detained earlier this week. Speaking to journalists after his release, Bennett said his trial will begin next week.

"I am informed that my trial will start on Monday," Bennett told Reuters.

Bennett's release comes just hours after MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he would boycott the unity government formed with President Robert Mugabe earlier this year after months of negotiations.

Bennett was Tsvangirai's choice to serve as deputy agriculture minister but was arrested an hour before Mugabe swore in his new government in February.

The MDC says the charges against him have been trumped up for political purposes.

Date created : 2009-10-17

  • ZIMBABWE

    MDC to boycott unity govt in protest at 'dishonest' Mugabe party

    Read more

COMMENT(S)