Abducted Zim Journalists To Apply For Stay Of Prosecution

According to a letter in the possession of the Radio VOP reporter, Manyere and other six accused’s lawyers have been asked by the Supreme Court to file heads of arguments within two weeks.

Manyere, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) director of security Kisimusi Dhlamini and other abductees that included Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s former personal aide Gandhi Mudzingwa are facing charges of banditry and sabotage for allegedly plotting an insurgency against President Robert Mugabe’s government in 2008.

Manyere, Dhlamini, Mudzingwa and other abductees successfully applied for the matter to be referred to the Supreme Court in 2009.

The accused argue that their kidnapping and torture in 2008 violated their right to liberty, and right to full protection of the law. They further argue that evidence obtained from them by the police was inadmissible in court because it was sought through unconstitutional means of torture.

The abductees’ lawyers want the Supreme Court to determine on the violations of their rights before the High Court presides over charges of committing banditry and insurgency.

In 2009 the Supreme Court made a ruling of stay on Zimbabwe Peace Project Director, Jestina Mukoko who was also arrested in an unconstitutional manner in December 2008.

Other abductees include Banket Town councillor Manuel Chinanzvavana and his wife Concillia who are yet to be entertained by the Supreme Court.

Manyere and co-accused are being represented by lawyers, Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni partners.