MDC trio’s bail reduced


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By Court Reporter

IN a new twist to the case of MDC Alliance members Netsai Marova, Cecilia Chimbiri and Harare West legislator Joana Mamombe, Harare magistrate Babra Mateko yesterday reduced their bail from $3 000 to $1 000 after their lawyers challenged the court’s previous decision.

The trio was also ordered to report to CID Law and Order after every two weeks and not to interfere with State witnesses.

They are accused of planning and or participating in an unsanctioned flash demonstration held recently in Harare.

According to the State the women together with others, violated Section 37 of the Criminal Code and Statutory Instrument 99 of 2020 which bars all public gatherings during the fight against Covid-19.

Mateko ruled in their favour after the State failed to give satisfactory reasons on why bail conditions for the three deserve be more stringent compared to their co-accused who were freed on $1 000 bail.

The complainants through their lawyers Roselyn Hanzi and Jeremiah Bamu challenged the court over the disparities of bail amounts when the other co-accused persons Stanely Manyenga and Lovejoy Chitengu were facing the same charges.

They also raised the issue of ill treatment from the police but the prosecution represented by Tinashe Makiya advised them through their lawyers to file affidavits mentioning the complaints they wished to raise on June 2.

The trio notified the State of its intentions to apply to the Constitutional Court to have their alleged abuse of human rights and arrest addressed.

The case has been remanded to July 2 for routine remand.

According to media reports, the trio were arrested on the day of the demonstration before being abducted from police custody by suspected state security forces who tortured them and sexually assaulted them all night.

They were found dumped 24 hours later in Bindura.



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