HARARE – Prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is back in court today for trial on charges of obstructing or defeating the course of justice.
Charges against Mtetwa arose after she was arrested when she went to assist Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s chief legal adviser, Thabani Mpofu, during a police raid at his Harare home on March 17 this year.
During the raid, Felix Matsinde, Mehluli Tshuma and former Harare City councillor Warship Dumba were also arrested.
The four are being separately charged. They are accused of possessing articles for criminal use, impersonating the police and contravening the Official Secrets Act.
Allegations against the four arose after detectives received information that they were in possession of dockets they were privately compiling to discredit the judicial system.
It is alleged the dockets contained information that the police and the AG had failed or refused to investigate cases of corruption involving prominent government officials among them Johannes Tomana and police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri.
A team of detectives went to Mpofu’s residence and found some of the documents, including a laptop and a pistol.
Prosecutors told the court that the suspects indicated that they were legal advisors to the PM and researching on corruption and criminal abuse of office and the appointment of Chihuri.
Investigations by the police further revealed that the accused are being bankrolled by Institute of Democratic Alliance of Zimbabwe, the court heard.
Their matter is continuing. – Tendai Kamhungira