A court in Zimbabwe has chosen drop the charges against a US citizen. The reason for the charges was because Martha O’Donovan sent out a tweet saying that the southern African country’s leader was a sick and selfish man. Two months ago Martha was charged with subversion and undermining the president.
Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa was the one to drop the charges. O’Donovan had to serve a week in maximum security prison before her release in November. Her bail was $1,000. If her charges weren’t overturned, she could have been in prison for 20 years.
Zimbabwe Judge Chooses To Overturn Charges Against US Citizen
After Thursday’s ruling, O’Donovan was all smiles. She quickly left to embrace her friends and officials at the US embassy who were waiting for her outside.
Be that as it may, The 25-year old told reporters that at the moment she did not have any comments.
The legal group representing O’Donovan, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, however, did have something to say. They said that her charges were bordering infringement of freedom of speech.
A spokesman for the group says that they were not in shock by this new ruling. He says that from the beginning, there was no true case against the American woman.
O’Donovan works for a satirical video webpage. She was the first from the site to receive an accusation of plotting to overthrow the Zimbabwe government.
Court documents say that in her tweet she said that they were being led by a sick and selfish man.
Mugabe, 93, was the leader of Zimbabwe for 37 years but stepped down from his position last November.
His dictatorship finally came to an end after a military takeover and Parliament went through with the impeachment proceedings.
A few days later, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president, became the president of the country.