LATEST ON GLENVIEW 29 'GLENVIEW COP POSSIBLY KILLED BY OTHER COPS'"¦.LATE INSPECTOR MUTEDZA'S BROTHER
- Last Updated on 13 September 2012
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Drama unfolded at the Zimbabwe High Court at the Bail Application Hearing for the Glen View 29 on the 12th of September 2012, when Tichaona Mutedza, the brother of the late Petros Mutedza testified that he suspected that his brother was murdered by either ZANU PF youths, the Police or Central Intelligence Organization operatives. Tichaona Mutedza made the startling allegations while revealing that this could have been because of his brother's leniency towards MDC supporters especially Tichaona who was an MDC-T Ward Chairperson for Mount Darwin.
There was conflicting evidence between the post mortem results previously presented before the high court by the prosecuting team and Tichaona's testimony which stated that Inspector Petros Mutedza's body had been mutilated, raising speculations of possible foul play. During cross examination by defence lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, Tichaona Mutedza said he would prefer the accused persons be released and the police launch a fresh investigation into the death of his brother.
These details emerged during a fresh bail application for the Glen View 29 who are behind bars, more than 16 months after they were arrested in connection with the murder of Police Inspector Petros Mutedza at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre last in May 2012.
The trial for the 29 was temporarily adjourned in July 2012 due to the deterioration of the health of one of the accused, Nyamadzawo Gapare. Gapare has since recovered, hence the launch of a fresh bail application due to changed circumstances.
The defence team in their submissions argued that their clients have been in custody for more than 16 months and the courts should treat them as innocent citizens until they are proven guilty, they also argued that they have new evidence in the form of testimonies by the deceased's brother Tichaona Mutedza and his father, Solomon Mutedza who is due to testify in court in the afternoon of the 13th of September. The defence team therefore argued that their clients should be granted bail due to the changed circumstances.
The defence team also argued that the conflicting statements by the witnesses have so far proven that their clients are innocent.
The bail application hearing continues tomorrow at 1430hrs at the High Court.