By ZBC Reporter
THREE MDC Alliance leaders, legislator, Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiru and Netsai Marowa have been granted ZWL$10 000 bail each by the High Court this Friday.
High Court Judge Davison Foroma granted them freedom and they are to report to the police three times a week, hand in their passports, not interfere with witnesses, reside at given addresses and they are not permitted to communicate with media or use social media.
The trio had been denied bail by the lower court on the 15th of June. The three who were arrested on allegations of communicating and publishing false statements against the state initially appeared before Magistrate Bianca Makwande.
It is alleged that the trio choreographed and stage-managed an abduction accusing state agents of kidnapping and dumping them at Muchapondwa village in Bindura, Mashonaland Central.
In denying the bail application, the state had argued that there is overwhelming evidence that the trio could abscond trial.
On the 13th of May, the trio and other MDC-Alliance youths gathered in Warren Park where they staged a demonstration, and on the same date the trio later communicated with their lawyers, family members, and friends that they had been arrested by police and held at ZRP Harare Central.
Their legal practitioner reported to the CID law and order inquiring on the arrest of the three only to find out after verifications that the accused had not been arrested.
Two days later, their legal representative contacted the police informing them that the accused persons were found at Muchapondwa Business Centre in Bindura.
The police and the legal representatives went to the scene and collected the accused persons before taking them for medical examinations at a local hospital.
The trio was interviewed and made statements that they had been abducted by members of the police.
Police investigations established that the three were never abducted but stage-managed their kidnapping as they visited Belgravia at the time they alleged to have been kidnapped.
Members of the public saw them at Belgravia shopping centre driving a silver Mercedes Benz contrary to their statement that they were at an unknown place.
It is in the state’s case that existing video footage shows the times and places the accused visited during the alleged time of abduction and will be presented in court.
The false statements attracted adverse comments from both local and international communities including heads of mission of the European Union, France, German, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden among others and publications of foreign media houses condemning abductions.