58 Jailed Protestors Fail To Raise Bail

58 Jailed Protestors Fail To Raise Bail
Published: 2016 July 15 03:17:37 (1950 Views)
Fifty-eight protestors from Epworth, Mabvuku and Ruwa who were arrested by police after protests that swept through Harare last week, are failing to raise money for bail.

They appeared before Harare Provincial magistrate Mr Vakayi Chikwekwe on July 8 and were ordered to pay $100 bail each while four juveniles were released on free bail.

Of the 104 people, 46 managed to pay the $100 bail and were released.

Their lawyers, Trust Maanda, Jeremiah Bhamu and Gift Mutisi, yesterday approached the court seeking a downward variation.

Maanda said: “Your Worship, this is an application for the court to alter the bail conditions in this matter by reducing the amount that Your Worship ordered to be paid as deposit. Fifty-eight of them have not been able to raise the amount.”

He also made an application to scrap reporting conditions for two of the protesters on the grounds that one of them was a student in Bindura while the other was said to be in hospital.

Maanda also sought the release of impounded vehicles which he said belonged to some of the suspected protesters.

Chikwekwe granted the application and reduced the bail amount to $50.

On the application to scrap reporting conditions, Mr Chikwekwe ordered that instead of reporting once a week to the police, the said student would now report once a month at Bindura Police Station.

Chikwekwe, however, advised the defence to produce proof that one of the alleged protesters was in hospital, before advising the State to inquire with the police first on whether the vehicles were being held as exhibits.



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