“Zambian Court Order Had No Relevance, I Had A Right To Arrest Biti”: ZRP’s Nyabasa
State witness Chief Superitendent Jelous Nyabasa, today told the court that while he was aware of the Zambian Court Order indicating that MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti was scheduled to appear before the Zambian High Court in his quest to appeal for asylum, he arrested Biti and brought him back to Harare because the “High Court Order had no relevance to him.”
Superintendent Nyabasa said this when he appeared before a Harare magistrate during cross examination by Biti’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.
“I was aware of the Zambia Court Order but it had no relevance to me.
The accused (Biti) is Zimbabwean and had been deported from Zambia. He had violated Zimbabwean laws and because of that, I had a right to arrest him.
Besides, we are a sovereign country and ZRP does not answer to any country hence that Zambian Court Order was irrelevant to me.”
Responding to allegations that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) through some of the arresting officers who were in his company harrassed Biti, Nyabasa denied any association with the implicated officials revealing that he could not disclose the names of the officers who accompanied him on the “Chirundu mission” for security reasons.
“I cannot disclose their names for security reasons. As for the dreadlocked man who is being referred to here, I do not know him.
However, as police we do not harass people. We lawfully arrest them as we did with accused.”
Biti is facing public violence charges and violating the Electoral Act after he allegedly announced presidential election results alleging that MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa had won.
He was however arrested at Chirundu border post on his way to Zambia where he sought political asylum before his request was denied.
He however appealed this decision by the Zambian immigration and he was deported to Zimbabwe despite being in possession of a Zambian Court Order where he was supposed to appear at the neighbouring country’s High Court the following morning.
This is a developing story…
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