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Zimbabwe court convicts 6 activists

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A Zimbabwe court has found six civic activists guilty of conspiring to commit public violence during a meeting in which they watched video footage of mass uprisings in Egypt that toppled its longtime ruler.

Harare magistrate Kudawashe Jarabini said Monday he will sentence former opposition lawmaker Munyadzi Gwisai and five others Tuesday. They face a fine or maximum prison sentence of up to ten years.

Original charges of treason carrying a possible death sentence were dropped in months of legal wrangling. The group was arrested last year for holding a meeting it said was an academic lecture on democratic rights.

Jarabini said Monday that watching a video was not a crime, but the "manner and motive" of the February 2011 meeting showed bad intent.

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