Glen View cop murder trial drags on

September 25, 2012 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

By Tererai Karimakwenda

The trial of 29 MDC-T members, facing charges of murdering a policeman in
Glen View last year, continued Monday at the High Court in Harare, but was
in session for only one hour in the morning and the judge was not available
in the afternoon.

Defence lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa told SW Radio Africa that the trial had a
late start because the prosecutor was late. She said all testimonies would
have been heard by now and the trial would be over if the court was
utilizing the entire day.

“We said in the beginning that we should be getting a judge who will
dedicate his entire time to this case because these are persons in custody.
And we were assured that the case would be given priority. So it’s
frustrating that this is not happening,” Mtetwa said.

Glen View policeman Petros Mutedza was killed by unknown assailants at a
local pub. The state claims he was attacked by MDC-T members who held an
illegal meeting there, charges the party has denied. Defense lawyers have
insisted many of the accused were not at the pub the night Mutedza was

The MDC-T members have been denied bail on several occasions as flight
risks. Some have been in jail for over a year, with their party insisting
the whole affair is part of a ZANU PF strategy to extend their time in jail
and destabilize MDC-T structures.

At a fresh bail hearing last Tuesday, launched after new evidence was
introduced recently, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu at the High Court reserved
judgement and did not indicate when a decision would be made.

It had been hoped the jailed activists would finally be granted bail, after
the father and brother of the slain cop appealed to the court to release
them, saying they had nothing to do with the murder. Both Solomon Mutedza
and his son Tichaona implicated ZANU PF elements in a plot to kill Petros.

Solomon Mutedza testified that he actually supports ZANU PF, while his son
Tichaona is the MDC-T chairperson of ward 2 in Mt Darwin.


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