Harare — Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire, who was arrested last week on subversion charges following deadly antigovernment protests brutally put down by security forces, applied for bail on Friday. The prosecution opposed his application on grounds that he was likely to abscond. “If convicted he's likely to stand a long term of imprisonment and that is enough inducement for him to flee,” prosecutor Mirirai Shumba told the high court in Harare. Mawarire is accused of subverting a constitutionally elected government and incitement to commit violence by posting videos on social media supporting a national strike by trade unions. His lawyer, Tonderai Bhatasara, argued that “there is no propensity or likelihood” for Mawarire to flee. Judge Tawanda Chitapi said he would hand down his ruling on the bail application on Tuesday. Nationwide demonstrations erupted last week after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that fuel prices were being doubled in a country suffering regular shortag...

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