State denies the accused Glenview 29 special medical attention

The High Court trial of the Glenview 29 who are charged with the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza continued today Monday the 16th of July 2012 after a two week break due to other commitments by High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu.

The trial commenced with the defense team challenging the legality of the denial of private medical treatment for one of the 29 accused, Nyamadzawo Gapara by the Prison Authorities and the State. The Prison Authorities indicated that permission for private medical treatment will only be given after a Court order is granted by the High Court.

The defense team wrote a letter to the Officer in Charge of Prisons requesting for one of the accused to be taken to Avenues clinic for medical attention as the prisons hospital has poor medical facilities. Beatrice Mtetwa, one of the defense lawyers also told the Court that there was no need for a court order considering the health condition of the 20th accused (Gapara) which is fast deteriorating and requiring of him to urgently seek special medical attention which the Prison hospital cannot offer.

The defense team also stated that it is a right for one to seek a medical practitioner just as one's right to seek legal representation. The poor state of Zimbabwe prison hospitals have become a cause for concern as they are comprised of   poor health facilities and low standards in most of the hospitals which is heart breaking considering the denial of Private medical treatment by the Prison authorities. Mtetwa also highlighted that prison regulations do not advocate for such inhumane actions and highlighted that the right to special medical attention is not restricted by any regulation in Zimbabwe's prisons regulations.

Justice Bhunu gave  an Order that a private medical doctor be allowed access to Harare Central Prison Hospital and medically examine Nyamadzawo Gapara. The Doctor will be required to furnish the court with a report of his medical findings and the court will act on the advices of the Doctor. Pending that report, the matter stands postponed indefinitely.

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