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August 28, 2007
The trial of
Gift Phiri who is facing charges of contravening Section 79 (1)
of the repressive Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) which opened
at the Harare Magistrates Court on 27 August 2007 and was expected
to continue on 28 August 2007 has been postponed to 30 August 2007.
Detective Inspector Rangwani,
one of the arresting officers who allegedly assaulted Phiri following
his arrest in Harare was expected to give evidence in court today.
He, however, failed to turn up as expected as he was said to be
off-duty leaving Harare Magistrate Stanley Chimedza with no option
but to postpone the matter.
At the commencement of
the trial, the defence team of Beatrice Mtetwa and Harrison Nkomo
together with MISA-Zimbabwe Legal Officer Wilbert Mandinde raised
the issue of the outstanding investigations into the torture and
detention of Phiri as ordered by the remand court on 5 April 2007.
He was allegedly severely
assaulted by the police while in custody following his arrest in
Harare on 1 April 2007.
Phiri, whose charge relates
to practicing journalism without accreditation between August 2006
and April 2007 pleaded not guilty to stringing for The Zimbabwean
when the trial opened.
Prosecutor Editor Mavuto
has so far led evidence from Academy Bvumai Chinamora who is the
Principal Research, Investigations and Monitoring Officer with the
state-controlled Media and Information Commission (MIC).
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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