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Court denies Mtetwa freedom as Magistrate postpones the case
in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 19, 2013
Kufa has postponed prominent lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa’s application
for bail to Wednesday, 20 March. The postponement was premised on
the state’s request to be given ample time to respond to the
submissions made by defence counsel in favour of granting Ms Mtetwa
In its submission
the state argued that the defence Counsel had extensivley researched
and had made well though-out arguments which demanded research and
adequate preparation on the part of the state.
Advocate Thabani Mpofu who is representing Ms Mtetwa as instructed
by Mtetwa and Nyambirai and ZLHR had requested the Court to comply
with the High Court which instructed the police to release Ms Mtetwa.
The defence counsel tore into shreds the Prosecution’s argument
for refusing to release Ms Mtetwa based on the High Court order.
concurred with the State that Ms Mtetwa could not be released on
the High Court order and that she was placed in the right court.
The defense counsel argued that Ms Mtetwa was a good candidate for
bail and cited her 31 year’s experience in the legal fraternity,
her business interests in Zimbabwe and properties owned among other
reasons. In his response, State Prosecutor Reza requested the court
to postponed the case the case to tomorrow Tuesday, March 20.
to request the honourable Court to postpone this case to tomorrow.
I cannot deny the fact that my learned friend made submissions based
on extensive research which leaves us with no option but to request
for postponements so we can give a response”, said Reza.
Counsel tried to no avail the case concluded but the Magistrate
once again concurred with the state and ruled in favour of the State’s
request. The case will now be heard in Court 6 at the Harare Magistrate
Courts at 11:15 am on Wednesday March 20. Mtetwa is being charged
with obstructing justice after she is alleged to have shouted at
the police and told them that what they were doing was unconstitutional
and undemocratic according to court papers.
More than 100
civil society leaders including prominent lawyers, activists, Ministers
and academics besieged the Harare Magistrate Courts in support Beatrice
in what turned out to be a day drama and frustrations at the magistrate
Courts, a Harare Magistrate postponed the case involving four independent
researchers to Wednesday, March 20. The four who a re being charged
with impersonating police, possession of articles for criminal use
and breaching the Official
Secrets Act were remanded
in custody so that the State can go through the defence Counsel’s
submissions on bail application and prepare a response. The three
former public prosecutors, Thabani Mpofu, Felix Matsinde and Mehluli
Tshuma together with a Harare councillor, Warship Dumba were arrested
on Sunday, March 17 at Number 14 bath Road in Belgravi, Harare.
The four independent researchers are being represented by Alec Muchadehama
and Chris Mhike who are members of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human
The four will
appear in court tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20 at the Harare Magistrate
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