28 Mar Written by  Administrator

Glenview residents back in court

Harare – THREE RESIDENTS of Glenview suburb, who are also MDC-T activists, were back in court this week for the continuation of their three-year legal battle for freedom.

 

Yvonne Musarurwa, Last Maengahama and Tungamirai Madzokere were among a group of 29 residents, who were rounded up and detained by the police following the murder of a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza, at Glenview 3 Shopping Centre in Harare in May 2011.

 

The detainees from the onset denied the murder charges.

Following protracted detentions in remand prison at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, some as long as three years, including solitary confinement the woman and two men were released on bail in January 2014.

 

One of their colleagues, Rebecca Mafukeni, had already passed on allegedly as a result of being exposed to inhuman conditions in prison. Mafukeni later passed on in custody in August 2013.

 

Twenty-seven of the accused persons were acquitted in September 2013, after a spirited fight by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) defense attorneys.

 

The trial resumed on Monday, March 24, 2014, and continued on Tuesday March 25 , before being postponed to March 31.

 

The sessions will see the accused giving their evidence, after Justice Chinembiri Bhunu of the High Court in September put them on their defense, saying that they had a case to answer.

 

Musarurwa took the stand on Monday and part of Tuesday, before Madzokere took his turn and he is set to continue on March 31, while Maengahama is yet to be allocated a date.

 

The state has already closed its case.

 

Key state witnesses, including a Cuban pathologist, Dr. Gabriel Anguero Gonzalez, testified in the course of the much publicized court case.

 

Six people acquitted in September, like Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) Programs Coordinator Cynthia Manjoro, have already filed papers to sue the Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi and Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri.

 

They are suing the authorities for detaining them for over 200 days, when they had alibis confirmed by the police.

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