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charge more suspects in cop murder case as three MDC members fight
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
June 27, 2011
charged more Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members for allegedly
murdering a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza.
Tendai Maxwell Chinyama, the MDC Kambuzuma District Organising Secretary
together with Lecture Chiturumani on Thursday 23 June 2011 and detained
them at Mbare and condemned Matapi Police Station respectively until
Monday 27 June 2011 when they formally charged Chinyama with contravening
Section 47 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for allegedly
in court on Monday 27 June 2011 and was placed on remand by Harare
Magistrate Shane Kubonera.
appear in court on Friday 1 July 2011 together with 23 other accused
persons where lawyers will file an application for refusal of remand.
was released from police custody on Monday 27 June 2011 ostensibly
on the grounds that no MDC regalia or documentation was found when
police mounted a search at his residence.
The arrest and
subsequent charging of Chinyama brings to 24 the number of MDC supporters
and Harare residents who have been formally charged
with the murder of Inspector Mutedza.
Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu on Monday 27 June 2011 postponed
to Friday 1 July 2011, the hearing of a bail application pending
trial filed by Jepheas Moyo, the MDC regalia shop manager, Oddrey
Sydney Chirombe, the MDC Councillor for Ward 33 in Budiriro, Harare
and Abina Rutsito, who is employed in the MDC security department.
came after Edmore Nyazamba of the Attorney General's Office
requested for more time to respond to the bail application by Moyo,
Chirombe and Rutsito's lawyers in which they argued that their
clients were victims of "profiling", a practice that
has been directly outlawed in certain jurisdictions.
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