THREE of the seven Glen View MDC-T activists who had been in custody since May 2011 over the death of police inspector Petros Mutedza were yesterday granted bail by High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu.
SENIOR COURT REPORTER
Tungamirai Madzokere, Yvonne Musarurwa and Last Maengahama have been behind bars for over two-and-half years after Justice Bhunu denied them bail on several occasions saying evidence against them was overwhelming.
However, in a turn of events, the trio breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when they were granted liberty as the trial is set to continue on February 24.
The trio are still on trial charged alongside Lazarus Maengahama, Phineas Nhatarikwa, Edwin Muingiri and Paul Rukanda.
When the trial commenced last year, the MDC-T activists were altogether 29, but as the trial progressed 21 were acquitted while one died in custody.
While acquitting the other activists Justice Bhunu said investigations by the law enforcement agents, which led to the arrest of the MDC-T supporters, were shoddily carried out.
The judge said although the activists proffered different alibi defences, in some instances, the police chose to ignore the explanations and simply proceeded to detain the accused persons without verifying the facts.