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are a concoction of falsehoods: Mtetwa
September 04, 2013
Human rights lawyer Beatrice
Mtetwa yesterday said the conduct of the police in the matter in
which she is accused of obstructing the course of justice demonstrated
that they had ulterior motives.
While cross examining
the State’s second witness, Detective Assistant Inspector
Wilfred Chibage, Mtetwa said following her arrest on March 17, the
police made inquiries about her immigration and marital status and
sought to establish if her professional record as a legal practitioner
Chibage, however, told
the court he was not aware that Law and Order Section Officer Commanding
chief Superintendent Chrispen Makedenge went to the Registrar’s
Office, the Immigration department and the Law Society of Zimbabwe
digging into Mtetwa’s life.
Such conduct, Mtetwa
told Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, demonstrated that the
allegations raised against her had nothing to do with her alleged
obstruction of police investigations.
She said the case was
a “concoction” littered with “materially different”
evidence from the witnesses regarding her arrest, remand hearing,
High Court appeal and the police statement.
When the Attorney-General’s
representative Tawanda Zvekare, challenged Mtetwa’s line of
questioning, the latter’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo said the questions
were in order.
“All of these questions
show that this case has been deliberately brought by the State to
dissuade her (Mtetwa) and other legal practitioners from representing
certain types of people such as Thabani Mpofu,” Nkomo said.
the research director in former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
office, was arrested
on March 17 for allegedly possessing documents incriminating the
judiciary system. Mtetwa was also arrested after trying to stop
the search at Mpofu’s Westgate house, arguing that the police
officers had no search warrant.
Mtetwa said it was untrue
that she was hindering police investigations because by the time
she got to Mpofu’s house, the police were already through
with their search. Chibage also admitted that Mtetwa did not hinder
the police from taking pictures of the scene as earlier stated.
He, however, insisted
that the search continued after Mtetwa had been arrested. The trial
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