Zimbabwe court fines 6 activists convicted of conspiring violence, orders community service

The Associated Press
Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe - A Zimbabwe court has fined six civic activists and ordered they do community service on charges they conspired to commit public violence during a meeting in which they watched video footage of the mass uprisings in Egypt that toppled its longtime ruler.

Harare magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini on Wednesday ordered Munyaradzi Gwisai and five others to pay a $500 fine and carry out 420 hours of community service or face a year in jail. He suspended another 12 months imprisonment on condition they don't commit another similar offence.

The activists had faced a maximum prison sentence of up to ten years.

Original charges of treason carrying a possible death sentence were dropped in months of legal wrangling.