News:War Veterans Granted $300 Bail. Lawyer Intends To File Complaints
<vote /> The four war veterans who were charged with undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority were all released on $300 bail each coupled with conditions and were remanded to September 5 by provincial magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe.
However, Beatrice Mtetwa yesterday complained at the Harare Magistrates’ Court about the manner three war veteran leaders charged with undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority were handled by the police following their arrest.
Mtetwa is representing expelled Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association secretary-general Victor Matemadanda, vice-chairman Headman Moyo and the association’s Harare chapter deputy chair, Hoyini Samuel Bhila. The first accused in the matter, Francis Nhando, is being represented by David Drury.
In her submissions, Mtetwa notified the court that she intends to make an application for refusal of remand, among other applications, on the next appearance.
I seek to notify the court that we had challenges in accessing clients as they were detained at various police stations. To access them, the officers demanded that there should be an officer from Law and Order, but the Law and Order section has manpower and resources challenges for them to be physically present at those stations. We will challenge this because it is in breach of Section 50 of the Constitution, which talks about the right to have access to legal representation.
The four were detained at Highlands, Rhodesville, Avondale and Braeside police stations respectively.
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