Lawyers to make fresh bail application for ‘Glen View

Defence lawyers representing eight MDC-T activists still in remand prison on charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, are set to make a fresh attempt on Wednesday to get them released on bail.

The defence team has decided against lodging an appeal with the Supreme Court for their release, as this could take much longer.

Lawyer Jeremiah Bamu told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that a ‘change in circumstances’ has also forced them to approach the High Court again and file a fresh bail application for the activists. All eight strongly deny the charges of murder levelled against them.

‘There has been a change in circumstances and hopefully once the document has been finalized we would take it to the High court tomorrow to file a fresh bail application,’ Bamu said.

He said for tactical reasons they will only be in a position to reveal the changes when they file their papers with the High Court.

The eight are part of a group of 24 MDC-T activists facing trumped up charges of murdering a police officer at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre in May.

The police officer was killed by unknown revelers at a night club and the MDC-T has dismissed the murder charges as false and trumped up. The eight who were denied bail two weeks ago are; Tungamirai Madzokere, Stanford Maengahama, Phenias Nhatarikwa, Stanford Mangwiro, Yvonne Musarurwa, Rebecca Mafukeni, Cynthia Fungai Manjoro and Lazarus Maengahama.

The other 16 are out on bail ranging from $300 to $1,000. They were ordered to surrender their passports and report to police three times per week. Last week Friday, all the 24 activists appeared in court for their remand hearing at which the magistrate set 29th July as their next date in court.

Bamu also revealed the activists are still being denied access to medical attention by prison officials despite a court ruling ordering that they receive treatment.

Shepherd Yuda, a former Zimbabwe prison officer, told us the reason why injured inmates are denied medical attention is done mostly to protect police officers who would have inflicted the injuries through torture.

‘Prison and police officers work hand in hand and they try to cover each other most of the times. You should realise that in most cases, those with visible injuries are not at all taken to court and usually the reason given for their no-show is lack of fuel or transport,’ Yuda said.

Yuda said lack of professionalism has brought down standards in all of the country’s prisons. Many of them are under the command of former war vets, who are above the law.

‘It’s a pity that these people have taken charge of these institutions where standards have dropped and they don’t even care. People now get sick and most die in remand prisons. Long back there used to be enquiries if such things happened.

‘Now it’s an everyday thing and these officers are not even bothered with what happens in their jails because they have the full protection of ZANU PF and the military Junta,’ Yuda added.

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