27 MDC-T activists apply for bail

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The 27 MDC-T activists incarcerated last week after being indicted for trial at the High Court over the death of Police Inspector Petros Mutedza have applied for bail pending trial starting next Monday.

The application is expected to be heard today before Justice Felistus Chatukuta.

The activists’ lawyer Charles Kwaramba yesterday confirmed he submitted an application last Friday, a day after his clients were remanded in custody and the matter was supposed to be heard yesterday, but failed to proceed.

Reasons given were the Attorney-General’s (AG) Office had not filed a response to the activists’ application. The AG is expected to do so today, followed by submissions by both the State and defence.

Meanwhile, the bail appeal for MDC-T youth chairman Solomon Madzore, which was denied by the High Court, is also expected to be heard at the Supreme Court today before Justice Yunus Omerjee.

Madzore is being represented by Gift Mtisi and Selby Hwacha.

The sending-back to remand of the activists brought to 29 the number of MDC-T members now behind bars over the alleged murder of Mutedza on May 29 last year.