News:Breaking: Magistrate Throws Out Evan Mawarire's Case. Cites Violation of Constitution

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Evan Mawarire's case has been thrown out. The Magistrate arrived at this verdict citing that Mawarire had not been charged with the charge that he was facing in court at the time he was arrested by the police. The Magistrate also cited that the changing of the charges against Mawarire was a violation of Section 50 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Mawarire was initially charged with "inciting public violence and disturbing peace" but the charge was changed to subverting a constitutionally elected government at the time of the trial. Mawarire’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo complained against this and cited unprofessionalism and an ambush by the State. Nkomo cited the case of Jestina Mukoko who was abducted. The state opposed bail and advised Mawarire to go to the High Court arguing his case was now a 3rd Schedule crime. When the Magistrate asked for warned and cautioned statement concerning the new charges, the State argued there was no 'warned and cautioned' statement for the fresh charges as the facts were the same as those for the initial charge. After hearing the state’s and defendant’s arguments court was adjourned and the ruling was set to be delivered by 5:30pm.

Many people came in solidarity among them popular figures such as Shingi Munyeza, Nelson Chamisa, Takesure Zamar Ncube, Tehn Diamond and Tudor Bismark. The bulk of the people came from the church and religious circles taking Mawarire’s profession into consideration. There were prayers for Pastor Evan and people were encouraged not to engage in the use of violence as a means of getting their point(s) across. There were delays to the start of his trial with him appearing before being returned to Harare Central Police Station before appearing in a white corolla with tinted windows. The Investigating officer who handled the case forgot the affidavit and had to return to Harare Central to get it.

The Magistrate presiding over the case delivered the verdict well after 6pm since he took long to come back after court had adjourned at 5:30pm. After his release Mawarire addressed the crowd that had come to support him during his trial. He reminded everyone that they had the responsibility to build a better Zimbabwe for their children. People dispersed after the address waving and honking their horns in jubilation.

Know more about Pastor Evan Mawarire. Click here to read his Pindula profile. You can see pictures of today's proceedings here.

After he was released the courtroom erupted into song. View the video of the courtroom celebrations here.

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