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sentenced to community service
Mthulisi Mathuthu, SW Radio Africa
November 07, 2013
on Thursday sentenced MDC-T elections agent Morgan Komichi to 350
hours of community service, after finding him guilty of
fraud and of contravening electoral laws.
lawyer Alec Muchadehama told SW Radio Africa that his client is
appealing the sentence.
said Komichi was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for fraud and
six months for contravening section 85 of the Electoral
Act. Eight months were suspended on condition of good behavior
for five years while the remainder was suspended on condition that
Komichi performs 350 hours of community service.
said his client was expected to be released Thursday and commence
his sentence next Monday at Mabelreign Police Station in Harare.
arrested on July 28th after he presented to the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) an envelope containing ballot papers that were
allegedly picked up from a rubbish bin.
against Komichi were that he tampered with the ballot papers and
sought to discredit ZEC.
trial Komichi denied the accusations, maintaining that he responded
to an anonymous tip-off that some ballot papers had been dumped
in a rubbish bin at the Harare International Conference Centre.
In October Komichi
told the court that when he handed the papers over to ZEC he wanted
Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau ‘to establish whether or
not they were authentic’ and to establish how they ended up
in a bin.
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