Zim pastor slapped with treason upon return

this flagFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN police have charged outspoken pastor, Evan Mawarire, with treason after arresting him upon his arrival in the country from the United States.
He was arrested at Harare International Airport on Wednesday, detained at the Central Police Station before a charge of “subverting a constitutional government” was slapped against him.
According to a warned-and-cautioned statement, Zimbabwe Republic Police alleged the clergyman incited Zimbabweans from “all walks of life either locally or internationally” to revolt and overthrow the government.
Treason carries a death sentence in Zimbabwe.
It is alleged he circulated videos on social media platforms inciting Zimbabweans “to stage violent demonstrations to subvert the constitutional government of Zimbabwe and resultantly from August 2016 to January 2017 there have been violent demonstrations in the country where several property was destroyed.”
Police alleged that in September, Mawarire incited some Zimbabweans living in the US and “all over the world” through social media to converge in New York to confront President Robert Mugabe, who was attending the United Nations General Assembly and order him to resign.
Upon his return to Zimbabwe, Mugabe described Mawarire as a great shame and disgrace.
Earlier in July, officers arrested and charged Mawarire with inciting public violence when Zimbabweans staged crippling anti-government protests.
He was charged with “attempting to overthrow a constitutional government.”
A Harare magistrate set him free after ruling police had violated his constitutional rights in arresting and detaining him. Mawarire fled the country fearing for his life.

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