Zim court postpones Bennett trial to tomorrow

bennet_rZimbabwe's High Court postponed to tomorrow the trial of Roy Bennett (Pictured) after both the state and defence asked the court to address procedural issues before the trial could kick off.

The state asked the court to dismiss Bennett’s defence outline on the grounds that it was improperly presented while the defence want a key state witness, Peter Hitschman, to be stopped from testifying because the initial evidence that he previously gave was obtained through torture.

High Court Judge Muchineripi Bhunu adjourned the court to tomorrow at 9 am to study the submission made by both the state and defence before making a ruling.

“The matter is provisionally postponed to Wednesday,” said Judge Chinembiri Bhunu .

Bennett, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) treasurer general and Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate faces terrorism charges stemming from an alleged charge of possessing weapons of war.

If found guilty the former coffee and tea farmer might be imprisoned for life or sent to the gallows.

Bennett told journalists outside the High Court that he views the trial as nothing but persecution designed to break his spirit.

“I have been persecuted since I joined politics and I have been living in persecution. You never know when you are going get justice,” he said.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) shares Bennett’s view.

His party boycotted government business last month in protest to his indictment. He was however freed by a High Court judge who reinstated his bail.

But before that he had been in and out of jail on several occasions.

He served time in jail in 2004 after he floored Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa after he had assaulted his ancestors who he accused of stealing Zimbabwe’s heritage.

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