8 August 2018
TWENTY five suspected MDC Alliance rioters, who were dragged to court answering to allegations of public violence, have been released on bail pending trial.
Harare magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini, in his ruling dismissed, claims by the State led by Micheal Reza, that it has compelling reasons for them to be denied bail.
“The State must have indicated what each particular individual did, in fact, the State did not single out what each of them contributed to the commission of the alleged offenses.
“The State has bundled all the accused into groups yet the court does not deal with groups but with individuals despite what the State said that it is proceeding in the terms of the doctrine of common purpose.
“Furthermore, the State is trying to reduce this court into a political ring, even though it claimed that the political situation is tense, it may be, but out there and not in this court,” said magistrate Vhitorini.
He also said that the State had sought a warrant to search and seize computers at the Harvest House only to arrest 19 of the suspects who were actually in their workplace as proven by their defence counsel.
The group was granted $50 each as per their constitutional right which the court stated should not be tempered with unless there are compelling reasons.
Meanwhile, Kudakwashe Katilo, 35, was nabbed yesterday under the same circumstances as the 25 who were granted bail yesterday before Harare magistrate Milton Serima.
The State led, by Linda Gadzikwa, opposed bail on the grounds that there was destruction of property worth thousands of dollars including a Yutong bus and several cars.
Katilo is set to appear in court today for bail consideration.