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Journalist's case transferred to Harare
MISA-Zimbabwe
January 26, 2011

The case of The Standard reporter, Nqobani Ndlovu was on Tuesday 25 January, 2011 transferred to the Harare Magistrates Courts, where he will be jointly charged with the editor of the paper, Nevanji Madanhire.

The two are charged with contravening Section 31 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which deals with publishing false statements prejudicial to the state and has a maximum of 20 years prison term or option of a fine.

Prosecutor Tawanda Muchemwa advised Magistrate Ndumo Masuku at the remand hearing held in Bulawayo that the directive had come from the Attorney General's office. Ndlovu was appearing for a remand hearing in which his lawyer Josephat Tshuma had indicated that he would make an application for refusal of remand. Tshuma failed to make it to the courts, and was represented by fellow lawyer, Nikiwe Ncube.

Background

Nqobani Ndlovu was arrested in Bulawayo on 14 November, 2010 over a story he wrote alleging that police promotional examinations were being scrapped to facilitate the absorption of war veterans and retired police officers in the police force ahead of the 2011 elections.

Editor of The Standard, Nevanji Madanhire, was on 30 November 2010 arrested over the same story.

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