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case: Bail ruling date set
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 01, 2010
The bail ruling
for Research and Development (CRD) Director, Mr. Farai Maguwu
has been set for tomorrow, 2 July 2010 at the Harare Magistrates
Court by Magistrate, Donald Ndirowei. Maguwu, who is facing charges
of allegedly publishing and communicating falsehoods in contravention
of Section 31 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform Act), was initially denied bail
by the same court on the 10th of June 2010 and had his High Court
appeal dismissed by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu on the 21st of June.
During court proceedings,
it emerged that the state, through investigating officer, Detective
Inspector Dowa is delaying investigations. Dowa blamed the delay
on Maguwu and his lawyers whom he alleged were refusing to cooperate
by awarding him access to the CRD director's laptop. Defense
Attorney, Ms. Beatrice Mtetwa argued that Maguwu has the right to
remain silent, a right which Dowa is expected to respect.
Dowa further alleged
that during investigations, he travelled to South Africa to collect
reports that were allegedly sent to Kimberley Process (KP) Monitor,
Abbey Chikane by Farai Maguwu. Asked to produce his travel documents
as proof of travel, Dowa insisted that he used his police identity
card to travel to South Africa on the 18th of June where he intended
to meet Chikane, who was in Israel for a KP meeting at the time.
With regards to the 'extra
territorial' investigations, Dowa said that it was difficult
to locate Antony Decker and Gabriel Shumba, whom the state accuses
Maguwu of communicating with, so that he could record statements
from them. The defense however argued that Dowa could have communicated
with the two via electronic mail since he is allegedly in possession
of their email addresses
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