13 February 2013

Zimbabwe: State Asks for More Time in Glen View Murder Trial

The on-going trial of the MDC-T activists accused of murdering police officer Petros Mutedza in May 2011, failed to kick-off Wednesday after the state asked for a two-week postponement.

According to defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba, the prosecutor asked the court for more time to obtain clearance from the Cuban government to allow the doctor who carried out the post-mortem to testify. The Cuban doctor is understood to be in Zimbabwe.

A bail application for the five activists who are still in custody was opposed by prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba.

The five are Last Maengahama, Tungamirai Madzokere, Rebecca Mafukeni, Yvonne Musarurwa and Simon Mapanzure. Some of the activists have spent almost 21 months in remand prison.

Justice Chinembiri Bhunu reserved judgement on the bail application until February 20th.

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