The Zimbabwe Prisons Service has failed to bring Linda Musarira to court and her lawyers have gone to the High Court to force the authorities to produce the activist. Linda’s trial has, in the meantime been postponed to September 27. Linda was arrested along with 10 others during the July 6 shut down.
The 11 are represented by ZLHR members Kudzayi Kadzere and Obey Shava. Their trial had been set to continue for three consecutive days from 21 – 23 September 2016. On 21 September the trial was postponed after Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) failed to bring Linda to court on time.
Linda has been has been languishing in custody ever since her arrest on 6 July 2016, whilst the other 10 were granted bail. ZLHR senior member, Andrew Makoni has since filed an urgent application to compel authorities to produce Linda at the High Court.
In this application, Makoni is challenging the continued incarceration of Linda, who was supposed to appear before a Mutare magistrate for a default inquiry for a pending case, failure of which led to her denial of bail. The application cites violations of several provisions of section 50 of the Constitution.
The trial of the 11 who are denying the charges laid against them began on the 25th of August 2016.