This Flag Movement leader, Pastor Evan Mawarire’s bid for freedom hit a brick wall today after a High Court judge postponed to Tuesday next week the ruling on the cleric’s bail application.
Mawarire was arrested in Harare last week and was subsequently charged with treason. He, however, denies accusations that his Facebook video encouraging Zimbabweans to heed a strike call by the Zimbabwe Confederation of Trade Unions incited people to violence.
Mawarire remains in detention at Harare’s Chikurubi Maximum Prison. He was not present at Friday’s ruling.
Mawarire’s lawyer Tonderai Batasara told the court that Mawarire was willing to surrender title deeds to his parents’ home, his passport and deposit $500 with the court and make weekly reports to the police as part of conditions for his release.
However, state prosecutors argued that Mawarire was a flight risk and would likely commit a similar offence if released.