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  • Maguwu case: Bail ruling date set
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    July 01, 2010

    Day 28

    The bail ruling for Centre 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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