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Gwisai and others - Judgement postponed to 21 March 2012
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
March 21, 2012
Kudakwashe Jarabini on 20 March 2012 postponed sentencing convicted
Munyaradzi Gwisai and 5 other members of the International
Socialist Organization (ISO), namely anti-debt campaigner Hopewell
Gumbo, Antonater Choto, the director of the Zimbabwe Labour Centre,
student leader Welcome Zimuto, and social activists Eddson Chakuma
and Tatenda Mombeyarara. The six were found guilty of violating
section 188 as read with section 36 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act - conspiring
to incite public violence.
Defence lawyer, Alec Muchadehama today presented his submissions
on mitigation and told the court that a non-custodial sentence of
a fine of US$ 500 each should be imposed on the ISO activists. In
his submissions he advised the court that the six had already been
punished by the police who tortured them during the course of their
arrest and detention, and had been detained in custody for at least
27 days before being released on bail. Further the lawyer submitted
that the court had taken too long to hear the trial, impacting on
their fundamental rights and freedoms, and that the six activists
had not committed an offence which warranted imprisonment.
Edmore Nyazamba represented the state and presented aggravating
circumstances. He argued that the six should be given custodial
sentences as they had committed a serious offence that needed to
be severely punished, and which would serve as a deterrent to further
Before the court adjourned, Nyazamba made a weak attempt to have
the six remanded in custody, but this was dismissed by the magistrate.
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