Zimbabwe court releases 4 senior aides to Prime Minister on $500 bail

Zimbabwe's High Court has ordered the release on bail of four officials from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party accused of illegally collecting information on high level corruption.

The four were ordered to appear in court on April 3.

Police allege the officials, two of them former state prosecutors, possessed police files on corruption cases.

High court judge Chinembiri Bhunu on Wednesday ordered the four to post $500 bail each. He said they should not have been denied bail because they were well-known public figures unlikely to abscond from justice.

Prominent Zimbabwe human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, who was arrested by police while trying to represent the four officials, was on Monday also released on bail after spending eight nights in jail.