Trial for Three Masvingo Polytechnic students postponed

In yet another case of unrelenting and targeted abuse against human rights activists and the general public by state security agents, three Masvingo Polytechnic students briefly appeared at the Masvingo Magistrate Court this morning facing charges of undermining or insulting the office of the President.

The students were arrested on campus in possession of and watching an alleged subversive two hour long video clip depicting President Mugabe being shot at by the military in a war-like simulation. They were arrested for contravening Section 33 of Subsection 2 Paragraph A proviso 1 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act 9:23. If convicted the students are facing a fine not exceeding level 6 or imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or both.

Third year student Monalisa Katsaruware studying National Diploma in Computer Systems, Desire Chikwanda second year student studying towards a National Diploma in Power Engineering and Nyasha Chaminuka had their trial postponed again today because their prosecutor could not turn up, they are to appear in court again tomorrow. In April the case was postponed following the industrial action by magistrates.

The Students Solidarity Trust (SST) continues to advocate for academic freedoms as they epitomize a democratic nation.

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