Zimbabwe's Supreme Court ruled Sept. 28 that the government could not prosecute a leading human rights activist facing terrorism charges because her abduction and torture in custody infringed her rights. Jestina Mukoko, head of a local rights group, had challenged her prosecution at the country's highest court, accusing state security agents of abducting her from her home during a dawn raid and torturing her while she was held at secret locations. The ruling opens the way for other rights and opposition activists to have similar charges dropped. That could help ease tension within the unity government formed by bitter rivals President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. (Reuters)

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