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    International Socialist Organisation (Zimbabwe)

    April 21, 2011

    The six accused of treason and alternatively subverting a constitutional government namely: Munyaradzi Gwisai, Antonater Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Eddison Chakuma, Hopewel Gumbo and Welcome Zimuto appeared in the remand court on 20 April 2011 before magistrate Don Ndirowei. They were represented by Marufu Mandevere of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners and with him was Edzai Edson Matika of Zimbabwe Labour Centre. The state as usual was represented by E. Nyazamba and Mthombeni.

    The state came and issued a trial date. The trial is set for 18 July 2011 in court 18 Harare Magistrates court before a regional magistrate. This however came as a surprise to us as the law is clear that treason and subverting constitutional government are grave crimes which go straight to the High Court for trial. Regional Magistrates do not have jurisdiction over such cases. This left us with the conclusion that maybe the state intents to alter the charges to lesser ones.

    However Mr Mandevere for the accused submitted that they intended to apply for the bail conditions of the six accused to be altered since they are too stringent. The accused persons report there times a week i.e. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to the Harare Central Police and they had their passports taken. This therefore bars them from executing their personal and professional duties well. The Magistrate Mr. Ndirowei however ruled that such application can be done at any time before the trial.

    We therefore intend to make the application for alteration of the bail conditions anytime after the Easter Holidays whilst we wait for the trial date set for 18 July 2011.

    Thank you for your solidarity comrades, the struggle continues. We still appreciate and accept your solidarity and support till the case ends.

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