- Last Updated on 20 April 2012
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The High Court yesterday throw out the application for leave of appeal for the 29 Glenview activists facing trumped up charges of murdering Inspector Petros Chitedza in May 2011 at a local bar. The court, through the presiding judge, Justice Chinembiri-Bunhu, insisted it needed the applicants' defence outline first before granting bail. Justice Bhunu further highlighted that the suffering endured by the applicants was only self-inflicted as they had to first satisfy the High Court requirements before seeking to go to the Supreme Court.
The defence had applied for leave for appeal to the Supreme Court after the High Court had continued to drag its feet in considering bail for the 29 accused persons. It considered the court's request for a defence outline as unnecessary and the continued delays, as denial of bail.
Since the charges were laid last year, some of the 29 accused persons have spent close to a year in remand prison while the state claims to be carrying out investigations. The case has exposed the state's hypocrisy given that it granted six police officers who recently butchered a Shamva mine worker, Luxmore Chivambo and injured 11 others; have been granted $50.00 bail.