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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

    June 27, 2011

    Police have charged more Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members for allegedly murdering a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza.

    Police arrested 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 committing murder.

    Chinyama, appeared in court on Monday 27 June 2011 and was placed on remand by Harare Magistrate Shane Kubonera.

    Chinyama will appear in court on Friday 1 July 2011 together with 23 other accused persons where lawyers will file an application for refusal of remand.

    Chiturumani, 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.

    Meanwhile, High 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.

    The postponement 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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