The Law Society of England and Wales welcomes the decision to acquit human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa in Zimbabwe.

In March, we called for Mtetwa’s release when she was arrested against the United Nations basic principles on the role of lawyers.

Law Society of England and Wales president Nicholas Fluck said:

’Colleagues at the Law Society of England and Wales have had the privilege of meeting Beatrice Mtetwa. We can understand the personal implications of the struggle that Beatrice and some of her peers in the Zimbabwe Law Society have faced in pursuit of the rule of law. Thanks to their brave and principled stand, we can now know a little of how bad it can be for lawyers in Zimbabwe.

’Beatrice’s arrest marked a new low in relations between the Zimbabwe State and its legal profession.

‘My hope is that her acquittal will now spur an improvement in relations between the State and lawyers. I know Beatrice will continue to stand up for the rule of law. Under my presidency, the Law Society of England and Wales will do all it can to support her and her courageous colleagues.’