U.S. Citizen Martha O’ Donovan, proper, seems on the Harare Magistrates court docket escorted by a plain garments police officer shielding her face in Harare, Saturday, November, four, 2017. Police arrested and charged Donavan with subversion for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe on Twitter as a “sick man,” legal professionals stated Friday. The offense carries as much as 20 years in jail. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press)
By Associated Press By Associated Press November four at 9:24 AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe — The Latest on American girl accused of subversion in Zimbabwe (all occasions native):
An American girl charged with subversion in Zimbabwe for allegedly insulting the president will stay in police custody this weekend after showing in court docket for the primary time.
Martha O’Donovan is accused of calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe a “sick man” in a Twitter put up that included a photograph illustration of Mugabe with a catheter. She denies the allegations as “baseless and malicious.”
The court docket on Saturday dismissed a request by O’Donovan’s legal professionals to strike down the subversion cost, arguing that police didn’t inform her of it when she was arrested Friday morning.
Lawyer Rose Hanzi says they’ll method the High Court for bail on Monday. O’Donovan is also charged with undermining or insulting the authority of the president.
An American girl charged with subversion in Zimbabwe for allegedly insulting the president on Twitter has appeared in court docket.
A lawyer for 25-year-old Martha O’Donovan, Rose Hanzi, informed the court docket on Saturday that the arrest was unlawful as a result of police didn’t clarify the explanations for it when O’Donovan was taken from her house Friday morning. The arresting officer is being questioned in court docket.
O’Donovan is accused of calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe a “sick man” in a Twitter put up that included a photograph illustration of the president with a catheter.
The cost of subversion carries as much as 20 years in jail.
O’Donovan has denied the allegations as “baseless and malicious.”
It was the primary arrest since Mugabe final month appointed a cybersecurity minister, criticized by activists as concentrating on social media.
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