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Beatrice Mtetwa granted bail

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Her continued detention had been condemned by international human rights groups.

She was detained during a raid on the offices of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Ms Mtetwa was charged with obstructing justice after she intervened in the raid and three computers are alleged to have gone missing.

The four MDC members have been charged with impersonating police officers. They all deny the charges and say they were compiling information on corruption.

High Court Judge, Joseph Musakwa, overturned an earlier decision by a magistrate to deny bail to Ms Mtetwa.

"The appellant should not have been denied bail. She is a practitioner of many years of experience," the judge told a packed courtroom which included Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga, reports the AFP news agency.

The new constitution was overwhelmingly approved by voters and was generally peaceful.

But allies of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai say the arrest of his officials and Ms Mtetwa are a sign that critics of President Robert Mugabe will face intimidation ahead of elections expected later this year. — BBC