Tanzanian human rights lawyer and activist released from jail


Tanzanian human rights lawyer and activist Tito Magoti has been freed from prison almost 14 months after his arrest for alleged economic crimes.

Mr. Magoti was arrested in December 2019 alongside IT specialist Theodory Giyani and charged with creating a computer programme with the intention of committing an offence.

He was at the time working for the Legal and Human Right Centre (LHRC) based in the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Their case was postponed 26 times before entering into the plea bargaining on January 05, 2021.

The two paid 17.3 million Tanzanian shillings (US$7,500 / 5,500 euros) for their release after a plea deal on Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International had called for Mr. Magoti’s release, accusing the Tanzanian government of violating his rights. (Source: BBC)