South Africa: Journalist Hopewell Chin'ono Still in Jail As State Attempts to Bar His Lawyer

Hopewell Chin'ono arrives at the Harare Magistrates' Court (file photo).

On justifying the need to further remand Chin'ono to 18 August, the magistrate said he did not have 'wi-fi at home for the purposes of doing further research'.

A Harare Magistrate's Court on Friday 14 August remanded in custody journalist Hopewell Chin'ono after magistrate Ngoni Nduna postponed the ruling on an application by State prosecutor Whisper Mabhaudhi to bar Chin'ono's defence lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa for contempt.

Chin'ono will remain behind bars at the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison until 18 August to allow Nduna "time to research on the internet".

One of the lawyers representing Chin'ono, Roselyn Hanzi from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), told Daily Maverick:

"The magistrate has said he needs time to write his judgment and deliver on Tuesday the 18th of August. Chin'ono's bail application is not going to proceed until we have a ruling so that we know the position of our lead counsel on the matter."

Mtetwa is accused of contempt due to comments posted on a Facebook page associated with her. The State prosecutor said that Mtetwa must have taken corrective action against people running the "Beatrice Mtetwa and The Rule of Law" Facebook page, when she realised that they were denigrating the...

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