Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono is spending the weekend in police custody following his arrest on Friday on charges of communicating falsehoods.
The journalist was arrested at a time he was self-isolating after coming into contact with people who tested positive for coronavirus in South Africa.
Chin’ono was brought to court on Friday afternoon on the back of a police truck in a white protective suit, mask, and cap.
His lawyers say the journalist had been self-isolating at home after two contacts tested positive for COVID-19.
Chin’ono was arrested on Friday, and accused of communicating falsehoods over a tweet that alleged police brutality.
There wasn’t time to complete the hearing because, under the current lockdown, even courts have to stop work by 3 pm.
But the magistrate ordered that, given the COVID risk he poses, Chin’ono should be kept in his own cell ahead of his next court appearance on Monday.
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