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for the alleged treason activists as state dilutes treason charge
and relaxes reporting conditions
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
May 31, 2011
The State will
now prefer lesser charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally
elected government against International
Socialist Organisation (ISO) general-coordinator Munyaradzi
Gwisai and five other social, economic justice and human rights
activists who were initially set to undergo trial
a law officer in the Attorney General's Office made the disclosure
on Monday 30 May 2011 during the hearing of an application filed
by the activists' lawyer Alec Muchadehama in the High Court
seeking the relaxation of his clients' bail reporting conditions.
High Court Judge Justice Samuel Kudya that Gwisai, anti-debt campaigner
Hopewell Gumbo, Antonater Choto, the director of the Zimbabwe Labour
Centre, student leader Welcome Zimuto, Eddson Chakuma and Tatenda
Mombeyarara would no longer face trial on a charge of treason but
for allegedly subverting a constitutional government in contravention
of Section 22 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act when their trial commences
on 18 July 2011 at the Harare Regional Magistrates Court.
not give any reasons for diluting the charge.
the revelation as he argued against the relaxation of reporting
conditions for the activists.
Three of the
activists, Gwisai, Gumbo and Choto wanted the High Court to release
their passports to allow them to travel outside the country to attend
to professional, academic, medical and social business.
The six activists
also wanted the High Court to put aside the obligation to report
three times a week to CID Law and Order section at Harare Central
Police Station which they argued was onerous considering that they
had religiously abided by such a condition since their admission
to bail in March.
In his ruling,
Justice Kudya ordered the six activists to report to the police
on the last Friday of each month and not three times a week as had
been the case.
Kudya could not grant Muchadehama's application seeking the
release of Gwisai, Gumbo and Choto's passports. The Judge
said the three activists should provide documented proof to support
their application for the release of their travel documents.
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