The Standard reporter Nqobani Ndlovu’s case was on Tuesday transferred to Harare on the orders of the Attorney-General’s Office, for him to be jointly charged with the newspaper’s editor, Nevanji Madanhire.
Prosecutor Tawanda Muchemwa advised magistrate Ndumo Masuku about the directive and the matter was remanded to February 23 at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.
Ndlovu appeared on Tuesday for his routine remand although his lawyer Josephat Tshuma had indicated that he intended to make an application for refusal of remand.
However, Tshuma failed to make it to court on Tuesday because of a bereavement in the family and was represented by fellow defence counsel, Nikiwe Ncube.
Ndlovu is out on $100 bail.
He was arrested in November last year in Bulawayo in connection with a story published in The Standard alleging retired police officers and war veterans were being recalled to take up vacant top posts in the force to direct operations in the next polls.
The development, according to The Standard, had resulted in the scrapping of promotional examinations for the police force, which were scheduled to start early November last year.