HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 4, 2O17) (REUTERS) – A Zimbabwean court on Saturday (November 4) refused to strike down subversion charges against an U.S. citizen who now faces 11 days in a Harare jail until her next court hearing.
Martha O’Donovan was charged on Friday (November 3) with attempting to subvert the Zimbabwean government, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, after police earlier accused her of insulting 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
Lawyers for O’Donovan argued before magistrate Nomsa Sarabauta that police only informed O’Donovan of the more serious charges of attempting to subvert the government hours after her arrest, thereby violating the constitution.
But the magistrate said she was satisfied the officers complied with the law and dismissed the application. O’Donovan’s lawyer Obey Shava said he would now apply for bail at the High Court on Monday (November 6).