A court in Tanzania has charged the leader of the main opposition party with terrorism-related offences, following his arrest that drew international concern and criticism of the country’s new president. Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe was detained last week along with 15 other members of the party in a late-night crackdown government critics said bore the hallmarks of the oppressive rule of country’s late leader. State prosecutor Ester Martin said Mbowe had been charged with two counts of “economic sabotage”, crimes that do not allow for bail in Tanzania. “These are terrorism financing and terrorism conspiracy,” she told reporters late Monday. Chadema said Mbowe had been charged in Kisutu court with terrorism crimes without his family or lawyers present. The party chairman and the other Chadema officials were arrested in the Lake Victoria port city of Mwanza last Wednesday ahead of a planned public meeting to demand constitutional reform. Mbowe was transferred to a prison in Dar es Salaam where police said he was being held “for plotting terrorism acts including to kill government leaders”. Laptops and other devices were seized during a search of his home in the city. State prosecutors, however, said the terrorism charges against Mbowe did not relate to his planned activities in Mwanza but alleged offences that occurred last year in a different part of Tanzania. “Mbowe knew that he was being investigated for terrorism, and he left to Mwanza after knowing that he would be arrested,” police spokesman David Misime said late Monday. Six others were also being charged with the same offences, he added. The case will be mentioned next in court on August 5.