Supreme Court orders the release of Roy Bennet

Harare – The Zimbabwe Supreme Court has ordered the release on bail of Zimbabwe's Agriculture deputy minister designate, Roy Bennett, who was arrested last month on weapons charges.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party says Bennett is expected to be freed later on Wednesday or on Thursday.

Tsvangirai has appointed Bennett deputy agriculture minister in the month-old unity government.

The Supreme Court, in an appeal hearing in Harare on Wednesday, ruled State prosecutors have no grounds to oppose a previous High Court ruling ordering the release of Bennett.

He is a former lawmaker whose coffee farm was seized under President Robert Mugabe’s land reform programme.

Bennett denies the charges linked to long-discredited allegations that Tsvangirai’s party plotted Mugabe’s violent overthrow. – AP