AG’s office to drop 32 MDC cases citing lack of evidence(27-07-07)

HARARE:
IN what could eventually stand out to be one of the worst forms of political abuse, the Attorney General's office is considering dropping charges against the bulk of 32 Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members that spent a long time in remand prison.

Zimbabwe Attorney Gene


ral, Sobusa-Gula Ndebele, conceded during an interview with CAJ News on Wednesday that the state case against the opposition members was crumbling and only one option could be left, which is that of dropping the charges.

He spoke after High Court Judge Lawrence Kamocha had on Tuesday released 15 leaving only two members of the opposition in remand prison.


“It is possible that the charges can be dropped because that is the legal route to follow in the event those doing investigations fail to come up with tangible basis for taking the cases for trial,” Gula Ndebele said.


Gula Ndebele has recently returned to duty after going on what sources in his department was forced leave after his clash with Justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa reportedly on issues including the cases of the MDC activists.

The AG is reported to have insisted on justice the MDC members when the executive wanted the cases to culminate in conviction for the opposition members as part of ways of weakening the opposition party ahead of next year’s elections.


The accused persons are being charged with terrorism and political violence following a spate of incidents of petrol bombing that rocked the whole country as political tension increased.

However, it has emerged that the political violence is mostly traceable to the state or ruling Zanu (PF) militia.


Among the MDC members released on Tuesday was MP for Glen View, Paul Madzore and they had spent four months
in remand prison.

They were made to pay bail of $10 million each. MDC lawyer, Alec Muchadehama confirmed to CAJ News that there was hope the remaining two, Morgan Komichi and Dennis Murira would also be released soon.


Komichi is battling for life after police and Zanu (PF) militia brutally assaulted him when he was arrested in March and was subsequently denied medical access for a long time- CAJ News.


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