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Zimbabwean Child Rights Activist Makoni Released Pending Arraignment

Police in Harare, Zimbabwe, released child rights activist Betty Makoni on Friday after arresting her Thursday on charges she revealed the identities of girls who had been sexually abused - charges her lawyer said were cooked up to harass her.

Makoni was scheduled to appear in court on Monday for arraignment.

Police late Thursday released television personality Rebecca Chisamba, host of the program on which Makoni appeared with the girls. Sources said that during the show the faces of those victims of rape had been electronically obscured.

It was the second time in 10 days that Makoni had been arrested. Last week she and two American women making a documentary on rape in Zimbabwe were taken into custody. The U.S. filmmakers were deported and she was held for three days.

Meanwhile, American activist filmmaker Michealene Risley, deported to South Africa last week with assistant Lauren Carara, gave reporter Patience Rusere an account of her arrest with Makoni last week from her home in San Mateo, California.

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