A Zimbabwe High Court Judge Justice Clement Phiri freed detained activist Pastor Evan Mawarire after granting him $300 bail following a freedom bid mounted by his lawyers early this week.

Justice Phiri who, presided over the bail application in which the clergyman’s lawyers argued that the State was out to persecute their client through prosecution, ruled that the State case against Pastor Mawarire was weak.

Justice Phiri ruled that the State had not submitted compelling reasons to justify the denial of bail to Pastor Mawarire.

The High Court Judge ordered Pastor Mawarire, who was represented by Harrison Nkomo and Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights to pay a bail deposit amounting to $300, to report twice a week on Mondays and Fridays at Avondale Police Station  and to surrender.

Pastor Mawarire was arrested on Wednesday 01 February 2017 upon his return from the US.