Bail Ruling For Hopewell Chin’ono Postponed To August 24

Harare Regional Magistrate Ngoni Nduna on Thursday reserved ruling in the fresh bail application by incarcerated investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono to Monday, 24 August 2020.

Magistrate Ngoni Nduna asked prosecutors Whisper Mabhaudhi and Tendai Shonhayi, and the defence team led by Advocate Taona Nyamakura to file their written closing submissions by end of day tomorrow, 21 August 2020.

Chin’ono’s fresh application for bail is based on changed circumstances. He is represented by Nyamakura, Gift Mtisi, Doug Coltart and Roselyn Hanzi.

Chin’ono has been in custody, first in police remand, and then at the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, where he was put in leg irons.

The freelance journalist was seized by police from his home on 20 July, exactly a month ago, and is facing charges of incitement to participate in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of peace or bigotry or alternatively incitement to commit public violence.

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