THE trial of the 29 MDC-T Glen View activists took another twist yesterday after it emerged the Cuban government had authorised a Cuban doctor to testify in the murder trial of police inspector Petros Mutedza, but it turned out the doctor could not speak English.
Report by Charles Laiton
The trial rolled over to today to enable the State to secure the services of a Spanish interpreter and for the State, together with the defence team, to decide on when the trial should proceed.
The matter was postponed in High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu’s chambers.
On Tuesday, the activists’ lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa described the continuing applications by the State seeking postponements over the unavailability of the doctor as a farce.
Mtetwa told Justice Bhunu that the State was not being sincere in the manner it had handled the trial of the activists since it started last year.
Five of the activists, have been in custody since 2011 after Justice Bhunu denied them bail on the grounds that they were a flight risk and that evidence against them was overwhelming.
Meanwhile the ruling in the matter where the National Constitutional Assembly chairperson Lovemore Madhuku — seeking to bar the holding of a referendum on March 16 this year — was yesterday postponed to today.
- Also, Hwange Colliery Company former managing director Fred Moyo, who was arrested on Monday for allegedly defrauding a local mining firm of $2,7 million, was yesterday granted $1 000 bail.
He is expected back in court on March 13.
Allegations are that Moyo’s company, Gold Recovery Group, entered into a share sale and purchase agreement with Ox Mining (Pvt) Ltd (Ox Mining) in which it would purchase Ox Mining’s entire shareholding at about
$2,5 million, but failed to honour the deal.