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  • Setback as Munyaradzi Gwisai and others convicted while court postpones Glenview residents' bail hearing once again
    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

    March 19, 2012

    Harare regional magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabani on 19 March 2012 delivered his judgment and convicted Munyaradzi Gwisai, anti-debt campaigner Hopewell Gumbo, director of the Zimbabwe Labour Centre Antonater Choto, student leader Welcome Zimuto, and social activists Eddson Chakuma and Tatenda Mombeyarara of violating section 188 as read with section 36 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act - namely conspiracy to commit public violence.

    Section 188 states in part that 'Any person who enters into an agreement with one or more other persons for the commission of a crime, whether in terms of this Code or any other enactment intending by the agreement to bring about the commission of the crime; or realizing that there is a real risk or possibility that the agreement may bring about the commission of the crime; shall be guilty of conspiracy to commit the crime concerned'.

    Section 36 states in part that 'Any person who, acting in concert with one or more other persons, forcibly and to a serious extent disturbs the peace, security or order of the public or any section of the public; or invades the rights of other people; shall be guilty of public violence and liable to a fine not exceeding level twelve or imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or both'.

    The six ISO activists are set to appear in court on 20 March 2012 for mitigation and sentencing. Human rights lawyer and ZLHR member Alec Muchadehama represented the six activists, whilst Michael Reza appeared for the state.

    Meanwhile in the High Court the same afternoon, the bail hearings for the 29 Glenview residents before Justice Chinembiri Bhunu in the case of The State vs. Tungamirai Madzokere, Solomon Madzore and 27 Others on charges of murder is set to continue on 21 March at 2:15pm after the judge postponed the hearing today.

    The Supreme Court is also set to hear the appeal for bail that was filed on behalf of Solomon Madzore in December 2011 on the same day at 9.00am.

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