Madzore’s bail hearing resumes at the High Court

The fresh bail hearing for Solomon Madzore was today postponed again to tomorrow after the State prosecutor; Edmore Nyazamba said he wanted more time to go through submissions made by the defence counsel today in order to file a response.

Madzore is part of 28 MDC activists who are facing trumped-up charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View in May.

His lawyer, Gift Mtisi had made submissions on why Madzore should be granted bail due to several changed circumstances. The new circumstances are that police investigations have been concluded and a trial date set, there was no fear that Madzore would interfere with State witnesses and that he had been re-admitted at the University of Zimbabwe to complete his studies.

There was an affidavit filed by the MDC Information and Publicity Secretary, Hon. Douglas Mwonzora stating that Madzore had never been on the run and another affidavit from a doctor confirming that Madzore was never at the scene of crime but had accompanied his wife to the doctor’s surgery on the day in question.

The defence lawyer had also furnished the High Court judge, Justice Maria Zimba Dube and the State with video evidence showing Madzore attending several MDC events across the country despite the State claiming that he was on the run.

In his submissions, the defence lawyer said Madzore was prepared for stiff bail conditions which among other issues was to be placed under house arrest for 24 hours a day and his elder brother, MDC Harare province chairperson, Hon. Paul Madzore agreeing to a US$5 000 as surety.

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