Magistrate Frees BBC Presenter

his was after his lawyers applied for refusal of remand on the basis that the facts presented by the State prosecutor, Admire Chigwayi, did not constitute an offence.

Trelawny had been arraigned before the courts after he was slapped with fresh charges on Wednesday 30 May 2012 for allegedly violating the conditions under which his visitor’s entry certificate had been issued.

After the dismissal of Trelawny’s case, his lawyers headed to the offices of the Immigration Department seeking to retrieve the BBC presenter’s passport, which was confiscated upon his arrest last week.

This is the third time that judicial officers have dismissed the case against Trelawny after the Attorney General’s Office first declined to authorise his prosecution on Monday and on Wednesday when High Court Judge Justice Nicholas Ndou upheld an application filed by Trelawny’s lawyers ordering the release of the music presenter from custody and his immediate removal of police guarding him at United Bulawayo Hospital.

Trelawny was arrested last week in Bulawayo and charged with contravening the country’s immigration laws for allegedly working in the country without a work permit. However, the AG’s Office turned down the prosecution after the music presenter’s lawyers Munyaradzi Nzarayapenga of Dube-Banda, Nzarayapenga and Partners Legal Practitioners, who is a member lawyer of ZLHR and Nosimilo Chanayiwa of ZLHR convinced them that he had not violated any of the country’s laws.