Chombo In Fight For Freedom
Embattled former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who has a trail of criminal charges following him, on Wednesday successfully applied for trial postponement arguing he wants the High Court to first decide if his continued prosecution did not violate his rights.
His lawyer argued that criminal prosecution for his client would be invalid considering how his rights were violated between November 15 and 23 last year, when he was kidnapped by suspected state agents at his place of residence in Harare.
“We now want the High Court to determine whether the state is allowed to infringe on a suspect’s rights. The High court has already determined that the accused’s rights were trampled on when, Justice Mushore granted him bail and the judgement is number HH196/2018.
“The victim is entitled to a remedy because where there is violation of rights there should be a remedy and the state should be liable to the damages,” said Madhuku.
Prosecuting, Tapiwa Kasema reportedly consented to the application.
Following this, Chombo, through his lawyer, had to file an urgent chamber application on Tuesday seeking an order by the High Court to stop criminal trials again.
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