DAR ES SALAAM, 6 January 2021 – A Tanzanian human rights lawyer, Tito Magoti, has been released from jail after spending a year behind bars.

The court that set him free on Tuesday also fined him 17.3 million Tanzanian shillings (an estimated $7,500).

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been part of a global year-long campaign, calling for his release and accusing the Tanzanian government of violating his rights.

HR Lawyer Magoti - Photo Al Arabiya English

Lawyer Magoti – Photo Al Arabiya English

Arrested in December 2019 alongside Theodory Giyani, a computer expert, the barrister and IT specialist were charged with economic crimes.

The specific accusation was that the two were creating a computer program with the intention of committing an offense.

Both denied any wrongdoing.

At the time of arrest, Tito Magoti was working for the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital.

LHRC on Wednesday tweeted a picture of Tito Magoti and Giyani to celebrate their release.

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