After disputed election lull, Mtetwa's trial resumes

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) board chairperson Beatrice Mtetwa returns to court on Tuesday 24 September 2013 where she is on trial on charges of defeating or obstructing justice.

Mtetwa describes the charges as fabricated.

The trial, which has seen the State leading two witnesses so far, was postponed earlier this month to Tuesday 24 September and will run through to Friday 27 September 2013, where more State witnesses will testify.

The respected and award winning human rights lawyer was arrested on 17 March 2013 and was charged with contravening Section 184 (1) (g) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly defeating or obstructing the course of justice.

Police accused her of obstructing the course of justice by allegedly interfering with a search conducted at one of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s offices in Harare. Mtetwa argues that she simply asked to be shown a search warrant by the police officers to substantiate their actions.

The State, led by Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in the Attorney General’s Office, Tawanda Zvekare has lined up nine witnesses to testify in the matter.

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