Mtetwa Seeks Acquittal Over Police Obstruction Charges

via RadioVop Zimbabwe – Mtetwa Seeks Acquittal Over Police Obstruction Charges  October 24, 2013 

Prominent human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa on Thursday launched a bid to be acquitted by informing Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa that she will file an application for discharge at the close of the State case.

Mtetwa told Magistrate Mugwagwa at the end of an inspection-in-loco conducted at the residence of Thabani Mpofu, an aide to former Prime Minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai that she will file the application for discharge at the close of the State case by November 4, 2013 while Tawanda Zvekare from the Attorney General’s Office pledged to file his response to the application by November 11, 2013.

Mtetwa wants Magistrate Mugwagwa to return a verdict of not guilty after the State closed its case on October 18, 2013. Under the provisions of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, the human rights lawyer is entitled to be discharged if Magistrate Mugwagwa is satisfied that there is no evidence led by the State that she committed the alleged offence of obstructing the police from carrying out their duties.

Magistrate Mugwagwa will hand down her ruling on the application on November 26, 2013.

During the on-the-spot inspection, where the Zimbabwe Republic Police deployed officers armed with truncheons, three State witnesses who arrested Mtetwa stuttered as they contradicted themselves in giving out contrasting accounts of the events that took place at the residence where the police were carrying out a search.

The witnesses struggled to bring out convincing evidence on how Mtetwa interfered with and obstructed the police from conducting their duties.

Mtetwa, who is represented by Harrison Nkomo was arrested on March 17, 2013 and charged with contravening Section 184 (1) (g) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly defeating or obstructing the course of justice. Police accused her of obstructing the course of justice by allegedly interfering with a search conducted at one of Tsvangirai’s offices in Harare. Mtetwa argues that she simply asked to be shown a search warrant by the police officers to substantiate their actions.

The persecution of the award winning human rights lawyer drew regional and international censure of Zimbabwean authorities’ handling professional lawyers.

 

COMMENTS

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    Sekuru Mapenga 7 years ago

    to the ZRP, Attorney General, Minister of Justice,
    Stop persecuting innocent people.
    Focus on corruption and crime in Zimbabwe and leave the defenders of human rights alone to get on with their good work.

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    Fallenz 7 years ago

    So, when is the trial of those ZANUPF state “witnesses” for lying and false arrest..?

    Just one more point of ZANUPF corruption. Until the Zim justice system serves all alike, and becomes an actual JUSTICE system, rather than operating at ZANUPF directions to punish their opponents, Zim will remain a state in anarchy.

    Just one more stick in the eye of those who might otherwise bring foreign investment to begin an economic recovery.

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    Mukaronda Potsi. 7 years ago

    Mtetwa is OUR freedom fighter and she deserves to be FREE. She has and will remain in trenches fighting for OUR justice and freedom from oppression by the notoriuos Robert Mugabe. Power to you my sister!

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    Jrr56 7 years ago

    If you look at all the arbitrary arrests prior to the elections it should have been clear that Zanu was in the process of rigging the vote by intimidating/arresting/persecuting these targeted people. One by one their cases will be dropped.