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Trial of Gwisai and 5 others deferred a third time

By Lance Guma
24 August 2011

The trial of former Highfield MP Munyaradzi Gwisai and five others accused of plotting to overthrow the Mugabe regime was on Wednesday deferred for a third time after regional magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi did not show up in court.

Gwisai who leads the International Socialist Organisation, plus five other activists Antoneta Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Edson Chakuma, Hopewell Gumbo and Welcome Zimuto, were part of over 50 activists arrested in February this year.

Police disrupted a meeting where video footage of protests in Egypt and Tunisia was watched and discussed. Although treason charges were initially slapped on them, these were later altered to “conspiracy to commit public violence or alternatively inciting public violence.”
One of those charged, Hopewell Gumbo, told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that the no-show by the magistrate was just an attempt by the regime to buy time and frustrate them.

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