Victory For Maguwu As Spies Ordered To Return Property

Justice Kudya, who heard an Urgent Chamber Application filed by Maguwu’s lawyer, Denford Halimani in his chambers on Monday, granted an order sought by the lawyer compelling State security agents to immediately return the diamond rights researcher’s property which they seized at the Harare International Airport on Saturday.

The property includes an Hp 625 laptop, power pack, wallet, Olympus digital camera, US$2 000, business cards and bank cards, personal notebooks, airline boarding passes, travel insurance, accommodation bookings, laptop bag and all its contents.

The High Court Judge also ordered the State security agents to desist and stop interfering with Maguwu’s freedom of movement, association, right to property and protection of the law.

The order was granted against the Minister of State Security in the President’s Office, which oversees the operations of State security agents, the co-Ministers of Home Affairs, the Chief Immigration Officer, the Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development, who were all represented by Mr Dodo of the Attorney’s General’s Civil Division. The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe was represented by lawyers from Chirimuuta and Partners Legal Practitioners.

Prior to granting the order, Justice Kudya dismissed a request by Dodo who sought a postponement of the hearing on the basis that officials from the President’s Office wanted to check on the identities of the State security agents involved.

The High Court order came after Halimani of Wintertons Legal Practitioners, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, filed an Urgent Chamber Application on Sunday seeking an order compelling the State security agents to return the items seized from Maguwu.

The State security agents harassed and prevented Maguwu from attending an international conference in Ireland focusing on rights violations which runs from 14 to 16 September 2011.