Judge delays bail decision in Glen View murder case
By Tererai Karimakwenda
High Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, has reserved judgement in the
bail application by 29 MDC-T members, facing charges of murdering a
policeman in Glen View last year. The decision was made as the new wife of
MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai sat in court Tuesday.
Defence Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa told SW Radio Africa this means the judge has
heard both sides and now needs time to consider their submissions.
The accused MDC-T members, some in detention for over a year, will remain
incarcerated until a ruling is made. Mtetwa said this could be any length of
time, but the trial continues on Monday.
The father of slain cop Petros Mutedza, and his brother, had this week
appealed to the court to release the MDC-T activists, insisting they had
nothing to do with the murder. Both implicated ZANU PF in the incident that
happened at a local pub.
Testifying at the bail hearing on Tuesday Solomon Mutedza revealed that
police had lied about the injuries on his son’s body. The state claims he
was struck on the head and fell from a truck, but Mutedza said his son’s
tongue and private parts were missing.
The account given by Solomon Mutedza, who said he is actually a ZANU PF
member, matched the testimony given Monday by his other son Tichaona , who
is the MDC-T ward 2 chairperson for Mt Darwin.
Tichaona testified that there had been threats made to him by ZANU PF
elements who talked of killing his cop brother Petros as a way to “fix him”.
The father also said there was talk at his son’s funeral which made him
believe ZANU PF elements committed the murder.
Both witnesses appealed to the police to conduct proper investigations to
explain the hole in the head, the pierced cheek and lacerated private parts,
so that the real murderers can finally be arrested.
The MDC-T activists and officials have been denied bail on several occasions
and the MDC-T has maintained this is being done to prolong their time in
jail and disrupt and destabilize the party structures.
Meanwhile a source told SW Radio Africa that two cars, without license plate
numbers, had visited Solomon Mutedza’s wife at home in Kumbura district, and
interrogated her regarding her husband’s whereabouts. A female state agent
who did not identify herself, conducted the interrogation.