Magoti and Giyan trial

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The trial of Tito Magoti, Tanzania’s young and aggressive human rights activist and a colleague has been postponed to 21 January.

Magoti, a public affairs officer at the Legal and Human Rights Centre in Dar es Salaam was arrested by police in December at a public market in the city.

Magoti was brought before the court alongside Theodory Giyan, an IT export for a private company.

The two were charged with economic crimes including money laundering but their lawyers are denying the charges.

In the East African country, such crimes are not bailable. Tanzania’s human rights record has fallen under President John Magufuli.

Magoti and Giyan have both criticised the government strongly on social media and this has not endeared them to Magufuli.

Human rights groups in Tanzania have been calling for a review of laws that deny bail to suspects accused of economic crimes.

 

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