Magistrate Blasts Overzealous Cops For "Dragnet" Arrests

Magistrate Blasts Overzealous Cops For
Published: 2016 September 05 06:47:42 (3028 Views)


The Zimbabwe Republic Police have been rapped for wantonly arresting anyone who is found in the radius of what has been termed "the protest radius" as 10 suspects who were arrested during the protests were released on bail. 
In her ruling, magistrate Tendai Mahwe said some of the accused persons were security guards arrested while outside the buildings they were manning hence their arrests were null and void. 

An elderly man, Fredman Mambanjeshoma (68) who was also arrested during the skirmishes in Harare was released on condition that he could not be involved in such activities because of his age. 

"It was not in dispute that some of the accused persons are security guards who were arrested while on duty. They even appeared in court clad in their uniforms," said magistrate.

"Accused number 35 (Mambanjeshoma) is a senior citizen and the court struggles to think that he can participate in an event which needs energy, the energy he no longer has."

He added: "It was also not in dispute that Tawanda Matambo and Acquiline Mutengwa are husband and wife who were arrested soon after disembarking from a commuter omnibus."

The other 58 were remanded in custody after Mahwe said it was not in the interest of justice to grant them bail.

See names of released suspected protestors, follow the link

10 Suspected protestors Released




- Herald
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