Ruling On Whether To Discharge Bennett On Wednesday

This follows an application on Monday by Bennett’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, to discharge him as the state had failed to prove its case against the former commercial farmer, who lost his farm in Chimanimani in the eastern highlands to President Robert Mugabe’s chaotic land invasions.

Bennett’s has been charged with committing acts of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism.

Bhunu said he will make a ruling after the state prosecution team makes its submissions on Wednesday.

Johannes Tomana, the Attorney General asked for some time to prepare “thorough” submissions. This angered Mtetwa who argued they should have come prepared.

“There is no evidence to show that the accused committed the offence,” Mtetwa said. “We submit that on the face of the evidence led on behalf of the prosecution that the accused is an appropriate candidate for discharge.”

Bennet faces a life sentence if convicted. Mugabe has refused to swear him in until he is cleared.

His lawyers, MDC and some political observers say the charges are politically- motivated.