28 November 2012

Zimbabwe: 26 MDC-T Activists to Spend 2nd Christmas in Custody

Twenty-six of the 29 MDC-T activists who are facing murder charges after the death of a police officer in Glen View last May will spend another Christmas in custody, their second in a row.

The majority of the activists were picked up a few days after the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza and have been incarcerated ever since, without convictions.

Defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday the activists are likely to spend another Christmas behind bars as the courts close down for the festive season on Friday.

'This case is far from over...the State still has about four witnesses they wish to call to testify including a medical doctor. When the State is done with its submissions our clients are entitled to apply for discharge and if the judge decides otherwise, they will be put to their defence.

'This will mean calling more witnesses to give testimony on their behalf. Unfortunately for our clients this means spending another Christmas and New Year in custody,' Kwaramba said.

The trial of the activists was postponed from Monday to Thursday and nothing much is expected from the bail hearing on Thursday, while the ongoing trial is expected to be postponed to early next year.

Two weeks ago, Youth Assembly chairman Solomon Madzore was granted a $500 bail by High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. Also granted bail was Lovemore Taruvinga Magaya, while another activist Cynthia Manjoro, was granted bail in early October.

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