>> U.S. Citizen Martha O'Donovan arriving at a court in Harare, her charge attempting to overthrow the Zimbabwean government via Twitter. Police first accused her of insulting 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe with a tweet last month, allegedly calling him a selfish and sick man. And then accused her of setting up Magamba TV, which describes itself as Zimbabwe's leading producer of political satire.
As well as setting up a Twitter account used for the sole purpose of, quote, overthrowing the government through unconstitutional means. Lawyers for O'Donovan argue that police only informed her of her charge hours after her arrest, thereby violating the Constitution.>> We were content in that the arrest was not in compliance with the mandatory provisions of the Constitution.
And in particular that the police officers were obligated to inform our client of the reason of arrest at the time that they arrested something which they didn't do. Unfortunately the court was not with us on that particular issue, and as it is out our application was dismissed.>> She now faces 11 days in jail until her next court hearing, her lawyer will apply for bail at the high court on Monday.
In a statement to police seen by Reuters she denies the allegations as baseless and malicious. If found guilty she could face a 20 year jail sentence.