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MMPZ staffers released
MISA-Zimbabwe
December 19, 2011

High Court judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi on 16 December 2011 ordered the release of Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe employees Fadzai December, Molly Chimhanda and Gilbert Mabusa after he dismissed an appeal by the state against their granting of bail.

They were remanded out of custody to 15 January 2012.The trio were granted US$50 bail each on 9 December 2011 by Gwanda magistrate Douglas Zvenyika. However, the state invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act effectively suspending the granting of bail.

Background

The trio were arrested in connection with a community meeting on public information rights held on 24 November 2011 in Gwanda. They are being charged under Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act which criminalises the organising of a gathering without notifying the police as well as section 37 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which outlaws distribution of materials likely to breach peace.

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