Facebook treason case set aside

May 24, 2011 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

BY RICHARD MUPONDE

A Bulawayo magistrates’ court has set the trial date for Vikas Mavhudzi facing a charge of posting offensive messages on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
Facebook wall.

The alleged message suggested the Prime Minister should topple President Robert Mugabe through mass protests.

Magistrate Gideon Mavhudzi yesterday set the trial date as June 10.

Allegations are that on February 13, Mavhudzi sent a message to Tsvangirai’s Facebook.

The message read: “I’m overwhelmed, don’t know what to say Mr PM. What happened in Egypt is sending shockwaves to all dictators around the world. No weapon but unity of purpose. Worth emulating hey.”

He allegedly used his cellphone to send the message.
On February 24, police received a tip-off from an anonymous caller informing them of the incident which according to the State constituted a security threat.

Acting on that information, police officers arrested Mavhudzi and allegedly found the message in the outbox of his mobile telephone. Mavhudzi is on $200 bail and has been ordered to live within a 40-kilometre radius until finalisation of the matter.

Jerry Mutsindikwa appeared for the State while Lizwe Jamela and Nosimilo Chanayiwa represented Mavhudzi.

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