20 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Jailed MDC Activist Transferred to a Private Hospital

press release

High Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu has ruled that Nyamadzawo Gapare, one of the 29 MDC activists being falsely accused of murdering a police officer in Glen View last year be transferred from Harare Central Hospital to the Avenues Clinic for better treatment.

The order was made after the State and defence lawyers had agreed on the position that Gapare was critically ill and should receive treatment from a private hospital.

A private doctor examined Gapare at the prison hospital on Wednesday and recommended his transfer to a private hospital with better facilities.

"The application to have Nyamadzawo Gapare treated at a private institution be and is hereby granted. The Commissioner of Prisons is hereby authorised to have the said Nyamadzawo Gapare transferred to the Avenues Clinic for treatment in terms of the proposed medical management plan," Justice Bhunu said in his ruling.

The transfer of Gapare to a private hospital has halted the murder trial to proceed at the High Court until he recovers because the court cannot sit in the absence of one of the suspects. The application for Gapare to seek private treatment was made on Monday and the High Court had to visit him at the Harare Central Prison Hospital to ascertain his condition.

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