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Glenview 26 in final bid to Spend Christmas out of Custody

High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, on Wednesday 5 December 2012, postponed the bail ruling for the 26 Glenview residents who are charged with the Murder of Police Inspector Petros Mutedza at Glen View 3 shopping centre in May 2011, pending a special session to deliver his ruling.

 

The defense counsel had applied for bail for the 26 on Friday the 30th of November 2012 citing changed circumstances, the same day that the High Court had closed normal business for recess. Justice Bhunu called for a special court session to hear the state's challenge to the bail application, led by state prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba.

 

Justice Bhunu told the court that he needed time to assess the arguments submitted and would call for another special session for his ruling. The application under Justice Bhunu's consideration is the group's last attempt to avoid spending a second Christmas in a roll in remand prison. The Glen View group, which initially had 29 parties, has seen 3 successful bids for freedom so far. The 3 who were relatively the better known of the group included, MDC -T Youth Assembly President Solomon Madzore, and prominent Human Rights Defender and ZIMRIGHTS Programs Manager Cynthia Manjoro.

 

The release of the 3, who were arguably the better profiled of the group, has led to speculation that the lesser known members of the group might be forced to languish in prison, with less attention, because the political costs to doing so are suspected to be less.

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