Court Updates:

One Masvingo Activist, Prosper Tiringindi who was arrested on Friday the 4th of November appeared before a Masvingo Magistrate today the 7th November 2011, facing charges of three counts of assault and malicious damage to property.

He was released from custody on his second attempt after the magistrate had denied him bail on Saturday which meant he spent the weekend in remand. He was asked to pay $20 as bail after his defense Lawyer successfully applied for bail. The State ruled that he should appear on the 6th of December 2011.

Meanwhile in yet another case in Harare, One ZINASU student leader, Welcome Zimuto and five civic society activists, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Hopewell Gumbo, Antoneta Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara and Edson Chakuma appeared before a Harare Regional Magistrate, today the 7th of November facing charges of Conspiracy to commit public violence as defined in section 188 as read with section 36 of the Criminal Law (codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23] stemming from a members’ meeting they had on February 19.

The case continued today with the chief state witness being cross-examined by the defence. Facts emerging from the case are that the defence is arguing that the witness has been lying and they produced evidence to back their claims. The defence allege that even the name the witness is using is not his real name. The case will continue on November 29 when the defence will complete its cross-examination.

The Students Solidarity Trust continues to urge authorities to deliver justice in the quickest possible time. The Trust also urges all colleges and universities to be the centers of excellence that they are meant to be and not political turf where most time is spent persecuting and prosecuting students.

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