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Maguwu accused of possessing stolen Merc


Police yesterday re-arrested Farai Maguwu, the human rights and development campaigner, and charged him with possessing a stolen vehicle – an old Mercedes Benz sedan.
He faces an alternative charge of failing to register the vehicle within the stipulated 14 days.
Maguwu was recently released from remand prison on stringent bail conditions after spending almost six weeks in custody on charges of spreading falsehoods prejudicial to the state after he allegedly attempted to expose human rights violations at Chiadzwa diamond fields.
Yesterday, Maguwu’s lawyer, Tinoziva Bere, said police charged his client and released him into his custody.
He said the police indicated investigations would continue.
“They have released him into my custody,” Bere said yesterday. He said the police also interrogated Maguwu’s younger brother, Lisbern in connection with the same case.
Maguwu spent six hours at Mutare Central Police station where police recorded a statement in the presence of his lawyer.
Bere said Maguwu was charged with contravening Section 125 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act in that he was found in possession of a motor vehicle which the police suspected was stolen in circumstances he should have known or ought to have known.
Bere said the police also charged Maguwu with an alternative offence of allegedly contravening Section 14 of the Vehicle Licencing and Registration Act in that he failed to register the vehicle within 14 days or failed to change ownership within the same number of days.
“He said he does not think that it’s a stolen vehicle and had no reasonable suspicion that it was stolen,” Bere said.
Early this month Maguwu was released on $1 500 bail. Other conditions are that he should report to Mutare Central Police Station twice a day, reside at his Chikanga home in Mutare and not interfere with witnesses.
Maguwu is also not allowed to travel 40 kilometres out of Mutare unless he is travelling to Harare for court appearances.

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