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user granted bail after quashing of Magistrate's ruling
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
March 31, 2011
Judge Justice Nicholas Ndou on Thursday 31 March 2011 quashed Magistrate
Gideon Ruwetsa's ruling denying bail to Bulawayo resident
Vikas Mavhudzi, who is charged with subverting a government by unconstitutional
setting aside of Magistrate Ruwetsa's ruling came after Mavhudzi's
lawyers Lizwe Jamela and Nosimilo Chanayiwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights (ZLHR) appealed to the High Court challenging Magistrate
Ruwetsa's decision to deny Mavhudzi bail. In their application,
the ZLHR lawyers argued that Magistrate Ruwetsa erred and misdirected
himself when he denied bail to Mavhudzi.
had on Wednesday 16 March 2011 denied bail to the 39 year-old Magwegwe
resident, who is facing charges of subverting a government by unconstitutional
means over a comment he allegedly made on Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai's facebook page. In dismissing Mavhudzi's
bail application, Magistrate Ruwetsa said he based his decision
on public security and "what happened in Egypt is a reality".
arrested in Bulawayo last month for reportedly expressing his approval
of the protests in Egypt that led to the resignation of Hosni Mubarak
the State, on 24 February 2011, Mavhudzi "unlawfully or suggested"
to Prime Minister Tsvangirai "the taking over or taking over
or attempt to take over the Government by unconstitutional means
or usurping the functions of the Government, that is to say he sent
an e-mail to Morgan Tsvangirai saying: 'I am overwhelmed,
I don't want to say Mr. or PM what happened in Egypt is sending
shockwaves to dictators around the world. No weapon but unity of
purpose worth emulating, hey'."
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