Zimbabwe Court Frees Job Sikhala After Almost 600 Days In Detention

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After spending almost 600 days in pre-trial detention, Zimbabwe opposition politician and former MP, Job Sikhala is finally a free man.

A Harare magistrate court on Tuesday handed the lawyer a 2-year suspended sentence for inciting public violence.

The court ruled to free the activist who has spent nearly 600 days in pre-trial detention.

The politician was detained in June 2022 following the killing of an opposition activist Moreblessing Ali. The former MP was accused of encouraging supporters to violently react to the murder of Ali.

Sikhala was convicted of inciting public violence on Jan.24 in Harare. He had denied the charge.

His lawyer said Tuesday that he would appeal against the conviction. 51-year-old Sikhala was kept in the Chikurubi maximum prison in Harare.