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Bail appeal for Okay Machisa postponed
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
January 22, 2013

The High Court bail appeal hearing for Okay Machisa, the incarcerated ZimRights director and Crisis in Zimbabwe chairperson has been once again postponed and will take place on January 24, 2013.

The postponement was once again owing to the lack of preparedness by the Attorney General's Office. It emerged that a new set of prosecutors Nyazamba and Chingarande have been assigned to the case after previous prosecutor, Nyahunzvi, failed to turn up at the High Court on Monday, January 21. Nyazamba said Nyahunzvi was attending a workshop which prompted the AG's office to reassign the case to them.

The two prosecutors said they had not received copies of the appeal, but Beatrice Mtetwa, who led the defence team, said she had submitted the appeal for bail at the AG's Office on 09:40hrs on January 17 and the Criminal registry before the court sat.

Nyazamba replied, saying him and his colleague, Chingarande, had not seen the copies as Nyahunzvi had locked them up in his office and asked that the matter be postponed to January 25. They also cited the fact that the state would want more time to study the appeal. After Mtetwa argued that the matter be instead postponed to January 23, the judge settled for January 24.

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