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Five student activists appear before a Harare Magistrate
Students Solidarity Trust
December 07, 2010

Five student activists today appeared before a Harare magistrate facing charges of participating in an unlawful gathering with the intention of causing public violence after addressing students as part of the 'Day of the African Child' commemorations. The five were initially supposed to appear before the court yesterday 06 November were further remanded to today 07 December 2010 after the magistrate failed to appear on time and had not gone through their case files.

The students lawyer Jeremiah Bamu has applied for the case to be referred to the Supreme Court, on the basis that fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution have been violated. The matter has been referred to the Supreme Court to determine whether the following rights have been violated: the right to liberty, protection to inhumane treatment, protection of the freedom to expression and the protection of the freedoms of assembly and association. The case has been referred to 14:15 on the 7th of December where the state is expected to present its submission and the court to decide on referring the case to the supreme court.

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