Arrested Zimbabwe journalist in prison isolation over COVID-19

NAIROBI, KENYA (AP) – A prominent Zimbabwean journalist charged with communicating falsehoods has been sent to prison isolation after it emerged that he was likely exposed to people with COVID-19 prior to his arrest.

On Saturday, his lawyers argued for his freedom, asserting that his arrest was illegal, but the court could not finish hearing the arguments and remanded him in custody.

His lawyer Harrison Nkomo said Chin’ono could have been exposed to people who had since tested positive for COVID-19 during a recent visit to South Africa – a reason why he should be allowed to stay at home.

Zimbabwean journalist Hopwell Chin’ono arrives at the magistrates courts. PHOTO: AP