Terrorism charges against Tanzania’s Chadema leader, Freeman Mbowe and three others have been dropped by the government.
A Tanzanian court also ordered the release of the opposition leader Freeman and the three others identified as Halfani Hassan, Adam Kasekwa and Mohamed Ling’wenya.
“The case is now removed from the court and I order the suspects to be released unconditionally,” judge Joachim Tiganga said, adding “they should be released from jail immediately.”
The four men were accused of planning to blow up petrol stations and public gatherings in the country with the aim of making governance difficult for the incumbent.
The 60-year old politician who once vied to become President of Tanzania was arrested in July last year alongside ten others for organising a rally to demand constitutional reforms.
His supporters had branded the case as a politically motivated move to crush dissent, and Mbowe has accused police of torturing him during his nearly seven months in custody.