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Mtetwa Trial Date Set

Harare Magistrate Donald Ndirowei on Monday, April 8, 2013 set the trial date for award-winning human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa who is facing charges of obstructing the course of justice to May 27. The trial is expected to run until May 31, 2013.

 

The trial will be conducted in Court Room 4 at the Rotten Row Magistrates Court in Harare.

 

Mtetwa was arrested on March 17 reportedly for reprimanding the police details who searched the house of her client - the PM's Principal Legal Advisor -Thabani Mpofu, without exhibiting a valid search warrant.

 

The trial date for Mtetwa, which was announced by the prosecutor, Mr. Zvekare and endorsed by Ndirowei, had been agreed on by both the defense and State counsels, according to Mtetwa's lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu.

 

Ironically, Mtetwa's lawyers Mpofu and Harrison Nkomo said they were served, with new charges against Mtetwa on Friday, April 5, which Mpofu said amounted to malice and showed they had been influenced by the incriminating reportage of the matter in some sections of the media.

Mtetwa was remanded to May 17, 2013, while all seven witnesses in the matter were warned by Ndirowei to be present when the trial rolls out.

 

The four employees of the Prime Minister's Communications Office at No. 14 Bath Road in Harare's Belgravia suburb, whom Mtetwa was representing after their arrest on charges of possessing "dockets €, , also appeared for the routine remand hearing at the same Magistrates Court.

 

Thabani Mpofu who is the PM's legal advisor, Felix Matsinde, Mehluli Tshuma and former Harare city councilor, Warship Dumba will have their trial on May 13 until May 17 in Court Room 3.

 

After failing to appear in court on two occasions in a row for various reasons last week, Prosecutor Tendai Mugabe appeared at the Rotten Row Magistrates Court on Monday April 8 to give the trial date for the four PM staffers.

Prominent lawyer Alec Muchadehama, who is part of the defence counsel concurred with the state counsel on the set trial date.

 

Two witnesses in the matter were warned to attend the trial, while Mugabe promised to subpoena the rest.

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