High Court frees CID boss

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CRIMINAL Investigation Department national director Crispen Charumbira, who is facing corruption charges, was yesterday freed on $10 000 bail by the High Court.

Charumbira allegedly interfered with lawful arrests, ordering his subordinates to abort some criminal investigations and lawfully sanctioned operations.

He was represented by Sylvester Hashiti and Tabson Bvekwa.
High Court Judge Justice Pisirai Kwenda queried why it had taken the prosecution five years to bring Charumbira to court.

He said the State had ample time to complete its investigations within that period.

“There is no explanation before me why it has taken so long to bring the matters to court. I am failing to understand why the matters have been kept in abeyance for five years. I am not even convinced that the accused person has high risk of being convicted,” Kwenda said.

“I am not satisfied that the State has shown compelling circumstances. If there was a strong case of interference it would have been a reason for the State to worry. I do not see why you want to compel me to deny him bail.”

As part of bail conditions, Kwenda ordered Charumbira to continue residing at Morris Depot, report once a week at the Anti-Corruption Unit at Police General Headquarters, surrender his passport and not interfere with witnesses until the matter is finalised.

Part of the allegations are that detectives identified as Ndlovu, Mbundire and Munyandure of CID Drugs, Harare received information that Charles Chabata Magolise was in possession of dangerous drugs at his place of residence.

The team reacted to the information and arrested him before a search was conducted leading to the recovery of 443g of dagga.

When he heard that Magolise had been arrested, Charumbira called Ndlovu instructing him to release him but the team did not take heed of his instructions..

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