Bail for 7 MDC-T’s in Glen View case

All but three of the 29 MDC-T activists facing charges of murdering a police officer in Harare last year are now on bail, following the release of the Glen View 7 on Friday. They have been in jail since May 2011.

The seven were among the first to be picked up by the police after Inspector Petros Mutedza was murdered at a beer hall in Glen View.

According to witnesses, Mutedza was killed in a violent clash with unknown assailants who had been drinking at a beer hall. Glen View residents described Mutedza as a violent thug who would use his rank to confiscate goods from vendors.

The seven granted bail by the Supreme Court are Glen View councillor Tungamirai Madzokere, brothers Lazarus and Stanford Maengahama, Phineas Nhatarikwa, Stanford Mangwiro, Yvonne Musarurwa and Rebecca Mafikeni. The group was denied bail on several occasions by the High Court, as the judges claimed they were a flight risk.

The MDC-T said the bail appeal by its members was granted by Deputy Chief Judge, Justice Luke Malaba. However three other MDC members, Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, Jefias Moyo and Paul Rukanda are still in remand prison and are yet to be granted bail as they were arrested later in the year.

SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that the administrative process for the actual release of those on bail was not be completed on time Friday, and the seven will have to spend another weekend inside. Also on Monday the same group is being indicted for trial and there are fears they could be locked up again. SW Radio Africa

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