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Hon. Kore case referred to Supreme Court
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
January 19, 2012

Mutare Magistrate, Trynos Wutahwashe has granted Chimanimani West MP, Hon. Lynette Karenyi Kore the right to have her case in which she is facing flimsy charges of undermining the authority of or insulting the President to be transferred to the Supreme Court.

The State is claiming that Hon. Kore who is the MDC Women's Assembly Organising Secretary was arrested in December last year on allegations that she addressed an MDC rally in Chimanimani and undermined the office the President during her speech.

After her arrest, Hon. Kore had to spend the Christmas holidays in remand prison after the State invoked the notorious Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act and barred her from getting bail.

Magistrate Wutawashe said the Supreme Court will make a determination on the violations of her freedom of expression, conscience, political rights and liberty as enshrined in the declaration of human rights.

The trial for Hon. Kore should have kicked off two weeks ago at the Mutare Magistrates' Courts but failed when her lawyer David Tandire applied for the matter to be referred to the Supreme Court citing among other issues, that her rights, as provided for in the Constitution of Zimbabwe had been violated.

The State represented by Michael Mugabe and Fletcher Karombe was opposing the application on the basis that it was not only "frivolous and vexatious" but a gross abuse of the judicial system.

MDC continues to denounce the unjustified continuous arrests and persecution of its MPs, ministers party officials and members on various flimsy charges.

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