Madzore granted leave to appeal in Glen View murder case

The jailed leader of the MDC-T national Youth Assembly, Solomon Madzore, can now appeal to Zimbabwe’s highest court for his release on bail, following a string of postponements and denial of bail by several courts.

Solomon Madzore
Solomon Madzore

Madzore, one of 27 MDC members facing charges in the murder of Glen View policeman Petros Mutedza, was last Friday granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court to be released on bail. The state had consented as well.

The majority of the accused were granted bail or granted leave to appeal for their freedom over the last few months. But Madzore and eight others, including councillors and party activists, were denied bail as flight risks.

The youth leader’s lawyer, Gift Mtisi, said they were ready to proceed with the bail appeal and would be filing papers at some point this week. He was reportedly optimistic about their chances for success, saying the police had been given enough time to complete their investigations.

The police arrested only MDC supporters after Mutedza was killed in a Glen View pub brawl. The party has insisted the charges are trumped up and the police are trying to destroy their structures. Glen View residents say the policeman solicited bribes from vendors and looted their goods. SW Radio Africa

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