Sixteen months since the arrest and detention of 29 MDC members
On Wednesday the MDC-T issued a statement reminding people that it is now sixteen months since the arrest and detention of 29 MDC members. They are being held on what the MDC-T call false charges, after the murder of police officer Petros Mutedza in Glen View, Harare last year.
Their trial was recently postponed indefinitely after one of the accused, Gapara Nyamadzawo, became seriously ill and was eventually sent to a private hospital after legal appeals, due to the very poor treatment he was getting in the prison hospital.
Despite the fact that all bail requests should be considered urgent, the Supreme Court is yet to set down their bail appeal.
All 29 accused have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and some even have video proof to show they were not near the scene of the crime at the time.
The MDC-T have said the charges are nothing more than harassment.
The start of the trial was constantly delayed, using weak excuses such as Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu excusing himself to attend a funeral. When it finally began in June one state witness, Joshua Daka, said Mutedza may have died of injuries suffered when he fell off a vehicle driven by a fellow policeman.
Testifying a day after the court made an inspection of the crime scene, Daka said he saw Mutedza running to a parked vehicle as people started throwing stones at him. When he got to the vehicle and opened the passenger door, the driver sped off and he fell, hitting the tarmac hard.
All the state witnesses have provided conflicting evidence. - SW Radio