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Madzore seeks freedom at High Court

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THE bail hearing of MDC-T youth leader Solomon Madzore, who is being charged with insulting President Robert Mugabe, will be heard at the High Court today after the State invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to oppose the $100 bail he had been granted by a Bindura magistrate.

Report by Phillip Chidavaenzi

He is being charged with undermining the office of the President under Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act).

Madzore’s lawyer, Charles Kwaramba, yesterday told NewsDay the matter would be heard in the High Court this morning.

Madzore is alleged to have called President Robert Mugabe a “limping donkey” during an MDC-T rally at Mushumbi Pools in Mbire last month.

When he was granted bail by a Bindura Magistrate last week, prosecutor Munyaradzi Mataranyika immediately invoked Section 121 which allows the police to detain an arrested person for another seven days while they make an appeal to the High Court.

Madzore has had several brushes with the law, the most recent of which he spent almost a year in remand prison at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison over the alleged murder of police Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View suburb in 2011.

In that alleged murder case, he is being charged alongside 28 other MDC-T activists and the matter is still pending at the High Court.

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