16 November 2012

Zimbabwe: State Lawyer in Glen View Trial Accused of Lack of Seriousness

press release

The defence counsel in the High Court trial of 29 MDC activists who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer last year have blasted the State prosecutor for not taking seriously the court case.

The insincerity of State prosecutor, Edmore Nyazamba was raised today by the Beatrice Mtetwa, the lead defence counsel after Nyazamba had blocked granting of bail to some of the MDC members who are in remand prison.

On Tuesday, Nyazamba had promised that he wanted time to today to analyse MDC members who could be granted bail after it was revealed in court that the evidence provided by the State witness, Chief Inspector Clever Ntini was inconsistent.

However, Nyazamba today made a U-turn and told Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, the trial judge that the accused should re-apply for fresh bail. Mtetwa accused Nyazamba of unnecessarily raising the people's hopes and expectations and later making an about turn at the last minute.

"The State does not take seriously the issue of bail and he is just playing time for the past two and half days," Mtetwa said.

The trial was then postponed to Monday.

Meanwhile, the bail application of the 26 MDC members who are in remand prison will be heard at the Supreme Court on Monday at 3PM. The other three; Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, Lovemore Taruvinga Magaya and Cynthia Manjoro have since been granted bail.

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