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Senator Komichi freed but to appeal against court ruling
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
the MDC Deputy National Chairperson, Senator Morgen Komichi will
on Friday make an appeal against both conviction and sentence that
was handed to him at the Harare Magistrates’ Court today.
MDC welcomes the move by Magistrate Tendai Mahwe to grant Senator
Komichi a non-custodial sentence service and sentencing him to 350
hours of community service, the party’s position is that he
is innocent and that he is being victimised for exposing ZEC and
Zanu-PF's electoral fraud.
was arrested in July on two charges of fraud and contravening the
after he was given a stray ballot paper found in a bin at the Harare
International Conference Centre (HICC) which he handed over to the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) senior officials.
The ballot paper
was meant for the special vote in the run up to the
31 July elections.
He has been
in remand prison for the past 97 days at Chikurubi Maximum Security
Mahwe sentenced him to 12 months for the fraud charge and six months
for the second charge, which he both suspended on condition that
Senator Komichi performs community service at Marlborough Clinic
from 11 November, a ruling that Senator Komichi is appealing against.
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