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Crisis Report Issue 165
in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 20, 2013
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PM employees denied bail, condemned to languish prison
Marehwanazvo Gofa on Wednesday 20 March 2013 condemned prominent
human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa to languish in prison after
her bail application together with that of four of Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai’s aides. Magistrate Gofa remanded Mtetwa
in custody to 3 April 2013 after dismissing her bail application.
The Magistrate ruled that the human rights lawyer would interfere
with police investigations if freed on bail.
lawyer, Advocate Thabani Mpofu had filed an application on Tuesday
19 March 2013 seeking the admission of Mtetwa to bail of $100. The
lawyer had also offered to surrender some title deeds to one of
Mtetwa’s immovable property as security after stressing that
her client was a suitable candidate for bail as she had not committed
an offence and had no criminal record to induce her to abscond from
attending court proceedings.
Gofa dismissed the application which was opposed by State prosecutors
Michael Reza and Michael Mugabe. The Magistrate also dismissed the
bail application filed by four officials working in Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai’s Office among them Thabani Mpofu, Felix
Matsinde, Councillor Warship Dumba and Mehluli Tshuma, who were
charged with contravening Section 4 of Official
Secrets Act for allegedly receiving or communicating secret
information, Section 179 (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and
Reform) for alleged impersonation and Section 40 (1) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for possession of articles
for criminal use. The four aides were remanded to 3 April 2013.
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