ZANU PF-linked lawyer, Tinomudaishe Chinyoka has said that the criminal justice system must learn from the treason case of MDC’s vice-chairperson, Job Sikhala.
Chinyoka said that treason cases are down the pecking order hence the need for the system to give priority to cases which are ‘critical’. Posting on Twitter, Chinyoka said:
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One hopes our criminal justice system learns from the acquittal of @ to review all pending ‘treason’ cases. There are crimes crying for prosecution, treason just isn’t one of them.
His remarks come after the High Court yesterday acquitted Sikhala of treason charges that were raised against him last year after he had remarked at his party’s rally that the MDC would overthrow president Emmerson Mnangagwa before 2023.
Last saw a number of opposition political parties’ members and human rights defenders arrested over allegations that they were planning to overthrow a ‘constitutionally’ established government.
Some have said that pending corruption cases have to be prosecuted first considering the effect corruption has on the already ailing economy.
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