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Ruling on Muchadehama's application for discharge due Thursday
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
December 09, 2009

Magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni will on Thursday 10 December 9, 2009 deliver her ruling on an application for discharge filed by prominent human rights lawyer and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) member Alec Muchadehama who is on trial for contempt of court.

Magistrate Mthombeni said she will deliver her ruling on Thursday 10 December 2009 at 9:30 am after the State, which is represented by Austin Muzivi, Sharon Hofisi and Douglas Sheshe opposed an application for discharge filed by Muchadehama's lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on Tuesday 8 December 2009 at the close of the State's case after all of the State's five witnesses gave evidence in court.

In supporting her application Mtetwa said there is no evidence that the accused persons committed any offence.

She stated that both Muchadehama and Constance Gambara, the Clerk of High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, whom the human rights lawyer is jointly charged with were never investigated for contempt of court by the investigating officer Detective Inspector Henry Sostein Dowa who told the court on Tuesday 8 December 2009 that he only investigated and interviewed the duo on a charge of defeating or obstruction of justice and criminal abuse of duty as a public officer respectively, the charges which they initially faced upon arrest.

Magistrate Mthombeni will also deliver a ruling on Gambara's application for discharge filed by her lawyer Denford Halimani.

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