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employees condemned to prison
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
December 07, 2011
Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) employees, Fadzai December
and Molly Chimhanda and MMPZ member, Gilbert Mabusa will spend the
next two nights in prison after Gwanda Magistrate Douglas Zvenyika
on Wednesday 7 December 2011 postponed to Friday 9 December 2011,
a ruling on a bail application filed by their lawyer, Kossam Ncube.
postponed his ruling to Friday morning in order to consider submissions
filed by Ncube, of Kossam Ncube and Partners Legal Practitioners
and a board member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights in support
of bail and the opposition by the State prosecutor, Blessing Gundani.
bail Gundani argued that December, Chimhanda and Mabusa were likely
to interfere with State witnesses because they have links to some
claimed that the MMPZ project officers and Mabusa were facing a
serious offence with prospects of imprisonment which they are likely
to flee from because they are young with no links to the country.
that releasing December, Chimhanda and Mabusa would be inappropriate
as the police were still conducting investigations and that there
are some more compact discs of a similar nature that they want to
recover from Harare.
also indicated that the police want to recover the equipment used
to produce the compact discs and verify the residential addresses
that were given by December, Chimhanda and Mabusa. Gundani claimed
that the compact discs contain material that is insulting to some
"particular individuals" and are "very sensitive
to the extent that the matter had ruffled a lot of feathers."
and Mabusa were arrested
on Monday 5 December 2011 after they attended at Gwanda Police Station.
Their attendance to the police station followed requests by Gwanda
police officers that they should visit Gwanda Police station for
questioning relating to a workshop conducted in the area in November.
and Mabusa were charged with contravening section 25(1) (b) of the
Order and Security Act (POSA), for allegedly 'participating
in a gathering without seeking authority from the regulating authority'
and also for allegedly contravening section 37(1) (b) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act, by 'distributing material
that is likely to provoke a breach of peace'.
On Tuesday 6
December 2011 police in Harare raided
and picked up MMPZ Project Coordinator, Andrew Moyse for allegedly
possessing some materials on Gukurahundi and confiscated some Digital
Video Disc (DVD)'s from the organisation's offices.
They later released him after going through an interrogation session
which lasted several hours.
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