Advocate Thabani Mpofu Challenges Further Placement On Remand

Popular Harare-based lawyer, Advocate Thabani Mpofu who is accused of obstructing justice has applied for revocation of further placement on remand.

Through his lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, Mpofu argued that the facts relied upon by the State did not constitute a reasonable suspicion that the alleged offences were committed.

The state claims that Mpofu corruptly concealed a transaction from a principal and defeated or obstructed the course of justice on two counts after representing “a non-existent” person who was challenging President Mnangagwa’s appointment of prosecutor general Kumbirai Hodzi.

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Meanwhile, the “fictitious man,” Simbarashe Zuze, behind the arrest of Advocate Thabani Mpofu and another lawyer, Tapiwa Makanza recently came out to prove his existence.

Prosecutor Michael Reza, with the assistance of Lovet Masuku, opposed Mpofu’s application for lack of merit adding that the issues raised by Mpofu were triable.

He said it was improper for Mpofu to prejudge the State’s case by calling it an “unjustified” prosecution before hearing the full facts.

Mpofu on Monday appeared in court before magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi who remanded him to July 23 for ruling on the matter.

Some analysts say Mpofu is being targeted for representing Nelson Chamisa in his challenge of the 2018 presidential elections.

More: ZBC News

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