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official and three others denied bail
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
December 21, 2012
from the Zimbabwe
Human Rights Association (ZimRights) and three other individuals
dragged into the case against him, have all been denied bail and
will spend the Christmas season behind bars in Harare.
manager Leo Chamahwinya has remained in detention at Harare remand
prison since last week, after
being arrested during a police raid on the group's offices.
He was taken into custody on allegations that he was involved in
'illegal voter registration'. He was then charged with
'conspiracy to commit fraud'.
Three other individuals
have also been charged in the same case, which human rights lawyer
Trust Maanda said was a deliberate ploy to try and implicate Chamahwinya.
Maanda told SW Radio Africa that none of the accused know anything
about the allegations made by the state and Chamahwinya and the
others did not even know each other.
The other three individuals
are Dorcas Shereni, Tanaka Chinaka and Farai Bhani who are all being
accused of forgery, fraud and publishing 'false statements'.
The state has alleged that the group forged voter registration certificates
"to tarnish the name of the Registrar General."
Maanda said on Friday
that their bail application was dismissed because the judge insists
the four accused are facing "serious charges."
"The judge also
ruled that they are likely to abscond or could even interfere in
the ongoing investigation. This is despite the fact that my clients
know nothing about what they are being charged with," Maanda
He added that he is not
surprised by the court's decision, saying "in Zimbabwe
it is never surprising to be arrested for something you know nothing
An appeal against the
bail dismissal will be filed at the Supreme Court next week.
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