Court refuses to free “Baba Jukwa” brothers


Harare magistrate Milton Serima yesterday turned down an application by Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Philip for refusal further remand. The Kudzayi brothers are charged with plotting to overthrow the government through their facebook page but had applied that they should not be remanded further arguing that their trial should have started.  This was after the court was told that the investigations officer Crispen Makedenge had gone to the United States to meet Google and Facebook officials to help him with the case. Serima remanded the two to 14 November saying they should be patient.  “It would not be in the interest of justice to grant the application. Considering the complex nature of the offence, State should be given enough time to finish their territorial investigations. The accused persons need to be patient and wait for Assistant Commissioner Makedenge’s investigations. Even without producing any proof to show that Assistant Comm Makedenge left for USA, I would not want to think that the State misrepresented facts. However, parties will be guided by the investigating officer’s findings.”


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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