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mourners granted bail
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
May 24, 2011
Reward Kwenda on Tuesday 24 May 2011 granted bail to 27 residents
of Kuwadzana and Marlborough suburbs of Harare, who were arrested
last week on their way from the burial of their relative and charged
with public violence for allegedly assaulting some ZANU PF supporters
and some new farmers.
freed the mourners after their lawyers Gift Mtisi of Musendekwa
and Mtisi Legal Practitioners and Tarisai Mutangi of Donsa-Nkomo
and Mutangi Legal Practitioners, who are members of Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights applied for bail when they appeared in court on
Monday 23 May 2011.
Sidom Chinzete opposed the bail application and argued that the
nature of the offence committed was serious and that the release
of the mourners on bail would endanger the safety of the public.
Kwenda threw out the State's assertions and ruled that the
interests of justice will not be prejudiced by the admission of
the accused persons to bail.
ordered the 27 mourners to deposit $20, continue residing at their
given residential addresses and not to interfere with State witnesses.
The 27 mourners
who include Pastor Dominic Dziwedziwe (36) of Kuwadzana, Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) Harare Province Vice-chairperson Shakespeare
Mukoyi were arrested on Thursday 19 May 2011 and charged with contravening
section 36 (1) (a) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 while coming
from burying the body of an MDC activist Jack Ndeketeya at Granville
cemetery, who had passed away early last week.
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