5 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Fresh Bail Ruling for the 29 MDC Members Postponed...as Trial Resumes Wednesday

press release

High Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu today postponed indefinitely, the bail application by the 29 MDC members who are facing two forged charges of murdering a police officer and public violence in Glen View, Harare last year in May.

However, the trial of the 29 accused, which resumed on Monday, will continue before the same judge at the High Court tomorrow, Wednesday.

The State prosecutor, Edmore Nyazamba is opposing bail claiming that the accused will abscond as they are a flight risk. All the 29 members are in remand prison. The defence lawyers said the claims by the State are recycled arguments and baseless as the accused have been granted bail before and did not disobey their bail conditions.

Fresh bail applications by the 29 MDC members have been rejected on several occasions by Justice Bhunu who ruled that they should first make their pleas and submit their defence outlines. This was done on Monday and all the 29 pleaded not guilty.

Meanwhile, police continued to maintain their heavy presence outside the High Court.

In the morning, heavily armed riot police details barred hundreds of MDC members and relatives of the accused from entering the court.

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