Teenager charged over Mugabe death claims on social media

Teenager charged over Mugabe death claims on social media

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A Zimbabwean teenager has been arrested and charged with insulting president Robert Mugabe after allegedly posting a comment on Facebook claiming he was dead.

Gumisai Manduwa allegedly posted on Facebook saying Mugabe was dead and is being preserved in a freezer, reports New Zimbabwe.

Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act makes “undermining authority of or insulting President” a crime against the state.

“The teenager was freed on bail on Saturday morning after lawyers from ZLHR intervened to secure his release. He was granted US$30 bail by Mutare Magistrate Sekesai Chiwundura,” Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said.

ZLHR said this is the second case the organisation has been involved in over a Facebook message used as the cause for arrest.

In 2011, a Zimbabwean man was arrested and charged with subversion, although the case was dropped as the Facebook message in question could not be found.

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