3RD NOVEMBER 2020
ARREST OF HOPEWELL CHIN’ONO
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has arrested Hopewell CHIN’ONO for Contravening Section 182(1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. Chapter 9:23 or alternatively Contravening Section 182 (1) (b) of the same Act “Contempt of Court” and Contravening Section 18411) (e) of the Code” Defeating or obstructing the course of justice”.
Allegations are that between 25th and 27th October 2020, the suspect used his Twitter account @daddyhope to post messages that impaired the dignity, reputation and authority of the court whilst clearly intending to do so.
Secondly, Hopewell CHIN’ONO has confirmed through his Twitter handle that he is in secret and unlawful communication with members of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), an institution that is prosecuting him.
This has serious implications as it undermines the integrity of the criminal proceedings against him.
The real risk is that he is manipulating the process and defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
A corruption investigation has been launched to determine the true nature and extend of collaboration between the suspect and Prosecutors in the NPA.
(P. NYATHI] Assistant Commissioner SSO (Press, Public and International Relations)
to the Commissioner-General Of Police
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