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Bail hearing for the Glen View 29 postponed to Monday

The bail application for the Glen View 29 members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare has been postponed to Monday at the High Court. Justice Chinembiri Bhunu postponed the hearing after the State said it needed time to consult with the police on statements made by the brother to the deceased.

On Wednesday, Tichaona Mutedza, the young brother to the late Inspector Petros Mutedza testified in court and said the Mutedza family was convinced that Petros had not died at the hands of the accused and that they should be released.

The Glen View 29 members who are applying for bail on changed circumstances have been in remand prison since March 2012.

Mutedza said when the family viewed the body of the deceased at their rural home in Mukumbura he was mutilated with his private parts and tongue missing. This was inconsistent with what the family had been told by the police earlier before they had viewed the body.

The police had claimed that Mutedza had been struck with an object on the left side of the head. However, Tichaona said the deceased had multiple head holes stuffed with cotton while his private parts were missing. He urged Justice Bhunu to release the 29 accused, investigate and arrest the real murderers of Mutedza.

The Glen View members have been in remand for 16 months and among those in remand are; Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson and Last Maengahama,   MDC National Executive member.

Lawyers representing the accused are; Beatrice Mtetwa, Alec Muchadehama, Selby Hwacha, Charles Kwaramba, Gift Mtisi and Jeremiah Bamu. The state is represented by Edmore Nyazamba.

Meanwhile a constitutional hearing will be heard at the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe on the 20th of September where Hon. Douglas Mwonzora is challenging the constitutionality of Section 121 of the Criminal Law and Evidence Act. Section 121 of the CPEA permits a further seven-day detention, allowing the state to lodge an appeal against bail with a higher court. In almost all the politically motivated prosecutions documented the state either failed to lodge its appeal or had its appeal dismissed by the courts.

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