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Swaziland student leader released on bail

Swaziland student leader Maxwell Dlamini who was arrested in April last year during the country's pro-democracy protests has been released from prison on bail, a civil society group said on Friday.

Dlamini who is the president of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) was charged with posession of explosives.

"Maxwell has just been released on bail and is doing fine," said Morten Nielsen, a spokesman for Danish rights group, Afrila Kontak. The group, which had campaigned for his release, helped raise his $6,520 bail money.

Since his arrest nine months ago, the magistrate court in capital Mbabane had rejected his bail application several times.

A police report said Dlamini was found in possession of a bag with explosives but he had denied knowledge of its contents.

In April Swaziland, which is ruled by king Mswati III, was rocked by violent protests as civil servants and activists voiced discontent over the country's economic crisis.

Police cracked down on demontrators, arresting dozens of them.

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