Zimbabwean activists go for the gap after activist acquitted

By Branko Brkic 2 October 2009

Just as many observers thought would happen in the wake of rights activist Jestina Mukoko winning a permanent stay of prosecution on terror charges, a Zimbabwean human rights group has called on Zimbabwe to pursue all cases of rights abuses, which they say continue under a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and rival Morgan Tsvangirai. Mukoko claimed she was tortured into confessing to terrorism charges, and the judge agreed. This enabled Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights to issue a statement saying it ‘s important for the government to restore the rule of law to win international confidence. The state has yet to respond to the ruling, but it should give the Tsvangirai faction t powerful leverage in its dealings with Mugabe’s Zanu-PF.