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leaders' trial fails to commence as state shifts goal posts
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
December 12, 2011
The trial of
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) leaders - Jenni Williams and Magodonga
Mahlangu who were charged with theft and kidnapping on Monday 12
December 2011 failed to commence as state prosecutors dilly dallied.
The two activists were arrested
on Wednesday 21 September 2011 on charges of theft and kidnapping.
During the time of their arrest they were preparing to peacefully
stage a march in Bulawayo in observance of United Nations International
Day of Peace. Following their arrest, they languished at Khami prison
for at least 14 days before being granted
bail by the High Court. On Monday, the state prosecutors exhibited
a high level of confusion in this matter as they did not have critical
essential documents and actors present that are required for a criminal
trial. When defence lawyer - Kossam Ncube of Kossam Ncube
and Partners Legal Practitioners, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights appeared for trial, there was confusion and pandemonium
at Treggold Magistrates Court in Bulawayo as the state prosecutors
frantically tried to locate the docket. Although this was eventually
done, there was still confusion on the court where the matter was
set down, the Magistrate presiding over this matter. Once these
administrative issues had been addressed, the state prosecutor discovered
that only one of the three key state witnesses was in attendance
leading to the postponement of the trial to 19 December 2011 for
the state to put its house in order.
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