Ngoni Nduna the magistrate has hit out at Zimbabwe Prison Services after journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was brought into court in leg irons on Wednesday.
The magistrate reprimanded the Zimbabwe Prison Services officers that no suspect should ever be brought into court in leg irons. The court suggests that they should have been taken off.
Hopewell Chin’ono is appearing in court in a bid to secure his freedom through bail application, Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is representing Chin’ono.
Chin’ono is accused of using his twitter account @daddyhope to call for the removal of a constitutionally elected government through an uprising.
#HappeningNow Magistrate Ngoni Nduna just hit out at Zimbabwe Prison Services after journalist Hopewell Chin'ono shuffled into court in leg irons. Nduna tells ZPS no suspect should ever be brought into court in leg irons. They have been taken off. Chin'ono is applying for bail pic.twitter.com/ivdwExcAQV
— ZimLive (@zimlive) August 12, 2020
Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe is also facing similar charges of inciting the public for mass protests which, however, flopped when security services descended on activists heavily.
There has been worldwide complaint calling for the removal of Hopewell Chin’ono and Ngarivhume from remand prison, instead, state had transferred the two to Chikurubi Maximum Prison which was contested by their lawyers as infringing on their rights.
The duo has been applying unsuccessfully for bail.
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