Mukoko High Court bail application dismissed

High Court Judge, Justice Alphas Chitakunye threw out a bail application by Jestina Mukoko on Wednesday saying the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project had to undergo formal remand procedures through the Magistrate's court first before applying for bail in the High Court. The High Court Judge dismissed the application on a technicality saying it was improperly tabled before the court. 

However, Mukoko's lawyer Harrison Nkomo disagrees with Justice
Chitakunye's ruling and told SW Radio Africa he would appeal in the
Supreme Court. 

Mukoko and six MDC activists are facing charges of training bandits to
overthrow the Mugabe regime, after being abducted from their homes last

Mukoko was abducted on 3 December, while the six MDC activists
Concillia Chinanzvavana, Emmanuel Chinanzvavana, Violet Mupfuranhehwe,
Fidelis Chiramba (75years), Collen Mutemagawo and Pieta Kaseke were
kidnapped from their homes in the Banket area in October. 

The case is one of many involving at least 30 MDC and civil society activists facing terrorism charges.

A second group including MDC officials Gandi Mudzingwa, Chris Dhlamini,
Mapfumo Garutsa, Chinoto Zulu, Regis Mujeyi, Zacharia Nkomo, and
freelance journalist Shadreck Andrew Manyere are expected to re-file
their bail application next week

Meanwhile, Nkomo, whose brother Zacharia is one of the political
detainees, said he will appeal in the Supreme Court because he believes
Justice Chitakunye's decision to throw out Mukoko's bail application
was a misinterpretation of the law.

The human rights lawyer's argument is that Mukoko is being accused of a
serious offence which the Magistrate's Court has no jurisdiction over. 
Nkomo said: The nature of the offence that Mukoko is facing is
considered serious, if one commits such an offence, and it's only a
judge of the High Court who can entertain the application.

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