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Zimbabwe 'Mercenaries' Seek Trial in Open Court

Seventy suspected mercenaries held by Zimbabwe have sought an urgent court order to prevent the state conducting their trial at the prison where they are detained, their lawyer said on Friday. “We have filed an urgent application with the high court to order that this case be heard in an open court,” said Zimbabwean lawyer Jonathan Samkange, whose clients have been charged with plotting to murder the president of Equatorial Guinea. “We don’t accept these arguments from the state that because this is a case involving high security that it should be heard in prison… We want the court to order that it be held in an open court,” he told Reuters. There was no immediate comment from the attorney general’s office on the application, which Samkange said might be heard during the weekend or on Monday. Full Story

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