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  • Journalists barred from covering Glenview murder trial
    February 12, 2013

    Journalists were on 11 February 2013 barred from covering the trial of 31 MDC-t activists accused of murdering a police officer, Petros Mutedza, in May 2011, which resumed yesterday at the Harare Magistrate courts.

    Chief Superintendent Charles Ngirishi is reported to have ordered out the journalists that were in attendance, alleging that he was acting on instructions from the Attorney General's Office, and that the proceedings were to be held in camera.

    Asked by journalists if there was a court order barring the covering of the story, Ngirishi said, "I have an instruction from the AG's office and this case is not being covered by any journalist. That's an order."

    The Attorney General's representative, Edmore Nyazamba, also confirmed the arrangement. "The proceedings are in camera and you cannot be allowed to cover the story," he said.

    The trial was held in November last year with Justice Chinembiri Bhunu granting bail to 21 activists while denying Last Maengahama, Tungamirai Madzokere, Rebecca Mafukeni, Yvonne Musarurwa and Simon Mapanzure bail, considering them as unsuitable candidates.

    Justice Bhunu also granted an application by the State to allow a 'vulnerable witness', Ednah Chihota, to give evidence "in camera".

    Journalists had turned out in large numbers yesterday for the trial at the Magistrates' Court since the High Court does not have Victim Friendly Court facilities.

    The trial continues on 12 February 2013.

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