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bumpy walk to freedom
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
September 29, 2013
Rumbidzai Mugwagwa has adjourned the trial of Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights (ZLHR) board chairperson Beatrice Mtetwa to next month
after State witnesses failed to turn up in court on Thursday 26
was forced to adjourn the trial to 4 October 2013 after the State,
led by Tawanda Zvekare, the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions
in the Attorney General’s Office, failed to bring its remaining
witnesses to testify in court.
The State was
on Thursday scheduled to lead evidence from Assistant Inspector
Thabani Nkomo, its fifth witness after Mtetwa and her lawyer, Harrison
Nkomo, finished cross examining Detective Sergeant Taizivei Tembo.
To date Chief
Superintendent Luckson Mukazhi, Detective Assistant Inspector Wilfred
Chibage, Detective Sergeant Ngatirwe Mamiza and Tembo have already
testified against Mtetwa.
The four remaining
witnesses include Assistant Inspector Thabani Nkomo, Chido Chawanikwa,
a police officer, Stembiwe Vera, a caretaker at former Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai’s research and development office, Brian
Mutusva, a computer technician and a driver, Zororai Mudariki.
Mtetwa, a respected
and award winning human rights lawyer was arrested on 17 March 2013
and charged with contravening Section 184 (1) (g) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly defeating or
obstructing the course of justice.
her of defeating or obstructing the course of justice by allegedly
interfering with a search conducted at one of Tsvangirai’s
offices in Harare. Mtetwa argues that she simply asked to be shown
a search warrant by the police officers to substantiate their actions.
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