HARARE, May 24, 2011- High Court judge Joseph Musakwa has ordered the release of Albert Matapo and five other coup plotters with whom he is jointly charged for plotting the overthrow of President Robert Mugabe, saying their continued incarceration was unlawful.
In his ruling Tuesday, Justice Musakwa said the State’s failure to bring them to trial within the stipulated six month grace period
following their re-indictment for treason, was in violation of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act and this warranted their release.
“The appellants were not liable to be committed to custody upon being re-indicted,” read Musakwa’s ruling.
However, the charges against the accused shall remain.Harare lawyer Charles Hwarara, who is representing the accused was non
committal about the ruling saying the State was in the habit ofignoring court rulings often passed against it.
“ I hope they will be released this time but I do not know what the Attorney General’s office is thinking of doing after this ruling. All
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