MDC activists bail hearing: Judgment reserved

High court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu has reserved judgment on the bail latest bail application by the twenty-nine MDC-T activists accused of murdering a police officer in Glen View last year.

The defence lawyers, led by Beatrice Mtetwa had applied for bail citing special circumstances that had arisen in the case.

The activists have had several attempts at freedom thwarted after Bhunu dismissed their bail applications. Bhunu said the case would now be postponed until September 24 for continuation of trial.

State Counsel, Admore Nyazamba had strongly opposed bail, saying the accused had committed a serious offence and were likely to abscond if granted bail.

He argued that the revelations by the late Mutedzi’s father and sibling that his private parts and tongue were missing should not be considered by the court as they were only meant to sensationalise the case.

Mtetwa, speaking shortly after judgment was reserved, said the delaying tactics by the state were frustrating.

In June this year, Justice Bhunu, in denying the activists bail, told the defence lawyers it was highly unlikely they would ever be granted bail before the case was concluded.

The 29 were arrested in May 2011 on allegations of having killed Inspector Mutedzi at Glenview 3 Shopping center.

MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, Somon Madzore, is among the accused, some of whom have been languishing in prison for more than 16 months.

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