Beatrice Mtetwa acquitted

Prominent human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, has been acquitted of charges of obstructing the course of justice.


Mtetwa was today acquitted at the close of the State case.

Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, today ruled that the State, led by Tawanda Zvekare, had failed to prove a prima facie case against Mtetwa.

Mtetwa’s acquittal follows numerous court appearances since March.

Mtetwa was arrested on March 17 and charged with contravening Section 184 (1) (g) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly defeating or obstructing the course of justice.

According to the State, Mtetwa allegedly obstructed the police from conducting a search at the house of an aide to the Prime Minster, Morgan Tsvangirai, as well as the premier’s private offices in Avondale.

The police were acting on a tip off that four MDC-T officials, Thabani Mpofu, Warship Dumba, Felix Matsinde and Mehluli Tshuma were unlawfully compiling criminal dockets in respect of prominent government officials.

A total of nine witnesses testified in the case.

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