MDC-T activists’ trial to begin

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The trial of 29 MDC-T activists accused of killing a senior Harare policeman, Inspector Petros Mutedza, is expected to kick off today before High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu.

But the activists’ lawyer Charles Kwaramba said he would seek postponement of the trial to enable him to finalise his defence.

“We will be going to court tomorrow (today), but we are likely to apply for postponement for the trial because we did not have ample time to prepare for the trial,” said Kwaramba.

Kwaramba said he could not finalise his clients’ defence on time because of their long stay in remand prison.

“Them being in remand prison has set us back, so we would want to have it postponed and have time to prepare whilst we apply for bail for our clients,” he added.

The activists were arrested in May last year for allegedly murdering Mutedza and had been repeatedly denied bail until last month.

Some of the activists were released on bail earlier whilst seven were only released last month after spending nine months behind bars, but were later remanded in custody pending trial.