Bennett`s trial adjourned to Wednesday

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
9 November 2009

The trial of Roy Bennett, the MDC Treasurer General and Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate who is facing terrorism charges, commenced in the High Court on Monday before Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. The State was represented by the controversial Attorney General Johannes Tomana, while Bennett’s lead counsel is Beatrice Mtetwa.

Bennett was not asked to plead as there were arguments exposing procedural difficulties for about two hours, when the legal teams were making their preliminary submissions. Mtetwa asked the court to strike down the State’s outline saying her client could not have a ‘fair trial’ since the statements from the State’s main witness, Peter Michael Hitschmann, were extracted through torture and that Hitschmann had not implicated the MDC official during his own trial. The Attorney General is arguing that the defence outline breached court regulations and is making an application to strike it out for being irregular.

Associated Press correspondent Angus Shaw who was in [continue reading]



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