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Zimbabwe court frees rights lawyer

Monday - 3/25/2013, 4:14pm  ET

Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, left, leaves the high court in Harare Monday Monday March 25, 2013. Zimbabwe's High Court on Monday freed Mtetwa, from eight days of detention on allegations of obstructing the course of justice (AP Photo)

GILLIAN GOTORA
Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's top rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, released by a court after eight days in jail for allegedly obstructing justice, said Monday her arrest was a ploy to intimidate human rights activists and pro-democracy groups ahead of upcoming elections expected in July.

A visibly tired Beatrice Mtetwa walked from the High Court in Harare in the company of two colleagues and her lawyer after her release papers took several hours to complete.
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