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recuses himself in Mtetwa case
Chibaya, The Standard (Zimbabwe)
June 09, 2013
A Harare magistrate yesterday
recused himself from a case involving top human rights lawyer, Beatrice
This followed an application
by her lawyer showing the court was already privy to the facts that
had been presented before it.
The magistrate, Tendai
Mawe agreed to recuse himself. The matter is set to be heard tomorrow
by another magistrate.
Mtetwa is facing allegations
of "defeating or obstructing the course of justice".
She was arrested
on March 17 for allegedly attempting to block the police from searching
the house of a senior MDC-T official in Westgate and private offices
of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the capital.
Police had allegedly
received information the previous day that MDC-T officials - Thabani
Mpofu, Warship Dumba, Felix Matsinde and Mehluli Tshuma - were unlawfully
compiling criminal dockets in respect of prominent government officials.
Mawe said the court had
already heard evidence in the case of State versus Mpofu, which
had the same facts.
"The court is therefore
already privy to the evidence which shall be lead in this matter,
as such it is not desirable to hear this matter whilst also hearing
the matter of State versus Thabani Mpofu according to this ground
only the application is granted for recusal and the matter is postponed
to June 10, so that this matter is allocated another magistrate,"
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