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SUNDAY MAIL editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Philip, accused of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government through a Facebook character Baba Jukwa, were on Friday freed after the State withdrew charges against them.

The brothers deny the treason charges.

Representing the State, law officer Tawanda Zvakare applied to have the charges against the two withdrawn before plea, citing that they will proceed by way of summons when ready as they are still conducting extra-territorial investigations.

Milton Serima presided over the case and the two brothers could be seen smiling when they were being told they were free.

Kudzayi had been out of custody on $5,000 bail and stringent conditions set by the High Court last year which included reporting twice a day to the police, staying within a 40km radius of Harare and the seizure of title deeds to his father’s house in Mt Pleasant by the state.

However, prospects of him being free were certain when Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe allowed him to get back his passport in order to travel to attend an editor’s conference in United Kingdom.

Kudzayi, who authorities claim was behind the Facebook character Baba Jukwa, was arrested in May last year and charged with attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government and undermining the President’s authority.

The charges against him included calling Mugabe a tyrant and dictator and alleging that the president stole an election. The remarks were allegedly made in 2008 prior to him joining the state media in 2014.

Kudzayi was also facing charges of creating the Baba Jukwa Facebook account which had a cult following and scandalised the Mugabe government and the ruling Zanu PF party.

The Facebook account became a hit for apparently for dishing dirt on the inner workings of Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

Baba Jukwa accused Mugabe of rigging elections and published cell phone numbers of prominent figures in government, asking people to call them and tell them “we know what is going on”.

Kudzayi denies the allegations.

Source : New Zimbabwe