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Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
June 21, 2010
The bail hearing
of the Centre
for Research and Development Director Farai Maguwu has been
scheduled for 9am Wednesday 16 June at the High Court.
Maguwu has been
in police custody for nearly two weeks on charges of allegedly communicating
and publishing falsehoods in contravention of Section 31 of the
(Codification and Reform) Act. He last appeared in court appealing
to a Harare Magistrate last week Thursday for his case to be taken
to the High Court and he was denied bail.
Soon after he was denied
bail, the CRD director was secretly taken from the remand prison
by the Law and order section of the police, without notifying his
legal representatives of family members. Human Rights lawyers Ms
Beatrice Mtetwa and Trust Maanda were however able to locate him
at the Matapi police station where he was being interrogated.
According to the defense
team, Detective Inspector Dowa, who is notorious for torturing people
and currently facing civil suits for prior human rights abuses,
was the brain behind Maguwu's transfer to Matapi. Maguwu's
lawyers were however able to negotiate for him to be transferred
to the Harare Police Station where he is currently being detained.
The defence attorney
says Maguwu has been denied any visiting rights, his lawyers and
family cannot even visit him. Despite the bad living conditions
and Maguwu's health problems, the police continue to refuse
to send him back to the remand prison where conditions are better.
ZimRights calls on all
Human Rights activists to stand in solidarity tomorrow at the High
court to support Maguwu during this trying moment. Our fellow comrade's
circumstance of arrest is yet another example of the country's
corrupt legal system and the ned for more work to be done towards
democracy. Lets join together in the struggle towards putting an
end to the continued unwarranted arrests of human rights defenders
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