JUST IN: Bail Conditions For MDC Alliance Trio Relaxed

Bail conditions for MDC Alliance trio, Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Marova and Netsai Marova have been relaxed.

This happened when they appeared before High Court Judge Justice Mushore this Wednesday.

Justice Mushore reviewed the conditions saying the trio will now be reporting once per week to the police. They were initially reporting 3 times a week.

Posting on Twitter, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights who were representing the three activists said:

We have lessened the burden on 3 opposition youth leaders whose life was inconvenienced through imposition of onerous bail reporting conditions of reporting 3 times/week @PoliceZimbabwe. The trio is reporting once/week after we asked High Court to relax these arduous conditions.

Justice Mushore relaxed the bail reporting conditions after @bamujm & @PaidaSaurombe of @ZLHRLawyers asked the court to alter these taxing conditions which were keeping the trio at police stations. The 3 were arrested in June & charged with publishing or communicating falsehoods.

The state accuses the trio of stage-managing its own abduction, adding that they lied about being tortured and being held incommunicado in May, a charge which they deny.

The three were arrested at a flash food protest in Warren Park in May for violating COVID-19-induced lockdown regulations and were put in police custody.

They claim that suspected state agents abducted them from police custody, tortured and dumped them in Bindura, about 86 km from Harare.

Government officials including the Minister of Home Affairs, Kazembe Kazembe say the trio faked the abduction to soil the image of the ZANU PF government.

More: ZLHR Twitter

 

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