Lawyers for Job Sikhala, the deputy chair of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), say he was blindfolded during pre-trial detention and denied access to his family, lawyers and medication.
The MDC has described Mr Sikhala’s arrest as a malicious prosecution.
Mr Sikhala will remain in a rural jail until 24 July in Bikita, 217 miles (350km) south of the capital Harare, pending a decision on his bail application.
He was arrested this week and charged with subversion, after an unverified video circulating on social media appeared to show him saying:
“We are going to take the fight to the doorsteps of Emmerson Mnangagwa, we are going to overthrow him before 2023, that is not a joke.”
It is these statements that have put the man at the mercy of the law as such statements smack of treason.
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