Glen View murder trial postponed as judge cites illness
The trial of 29 MDC members facing false murder charges was today postponed
to Wednesday after the trial judge; Justice Chinembiri Bhunu failed to come
to court claiming that he was unwell.
by MDC Information & Publicity Department
The 29 are facing trumped-up charges of murdering a police officer, Petros
Mutedza in Glen View 3, Harare in May 2011.
The trial has been postponed for nearly two weeks now after the State
counsel; Edmore Nyazamba sought a one week leave again claiming that he was
ill. Before today’s postponement, the trial had been adjourned on many
occasions with the State counsel, Nyazamba, the judge, assessors and State
witness giving various reasons and failing to turn up for trial.
Some of the accused have been in remand prison for nearly 18 months. Among
those in remand prison is the MDC Youth Assembly Chairperson, Solomon
Madzore and the MDC National Executive Member, Last Maengahama.
Meanwhile, the bail hearing for the other two MDC members who were arrested
this month on the same charge has been postponed to tomorrow after the State
prosecutor, Nyazamba failed to turn up. The two ; Jackson Mabota and Tarisai
Kusotera are in remand prison at the Harare Central Prison. Their arrests
bring to 31 MDC members who have been incarcerated on the same false murder
The case is being held before Justice Hlekani Mwayera.
One of the accused, Cynthia Manjoro was released from remand two weeks ago
after it was pointed out in court that she was nowhere near Glen View 3
Shopping Centre, where the police officer died.
The State also failed to submit a typed response to the court on why the two
should not be granted bail citing that they did not have adequate personnel
to type reports for court processes.
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