Zimbabwe rights lawyer bail appeal postponed

Mtetwa was arrested Sunday on allegations of obstructing justice and will spend eight nights in jail before she reappears in court on Monday.

Human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa arrives at court in Harare, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Police have charged Mtetwa for obstructing justice after ignoring a judge's order to release her a day earlier. Mtetwa was arrested Sunday while representing four opposition members of the prime minister's party while undergoing police searches. (AP Photo)

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwe court has postponed a bail appeal to release the nation's top rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.

Mtetwa was arrested Sunday on allegations of obstructing justice and will spend eight nights in jail before she reappears in court on Monday.

High court judge Joseph Musakwa said Friday that state prosecutors need more time to go through Mtetwa's papers of appeal before proceeding with the hearing.

Mtetwa denies any wrongdoing and says she merely asked police officers to show her a search warrant during a raid on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's staff offices in Harare.

Obstructing justice carries a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment.

Mtetwa holds an array of international awards and has represented Tsvangirai and several of his aides when they were prosecuted by the Mugabe government.
Associated Press
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