Sunday Mail editor to stay longer in jail

The editor of Sunday Mail, Edmund Kudzayi, who is facing terrorism charges, will spend more time in jail after prosecutors failed to file its response to his bail application.

State counsel, Tawanda Zvekare, said Kudzayi’s application was contained in a voluminous document, adding that the state needed more time to study its contents. He told the court that the state would be ready to file its response on July 1st.

High Court judge, Ester Muremba, then postponed the matter to July 3 after Kudzayi’s lawyer, Everson Chatambudza, indicated that the defense would submit an answering affidavit to the state’s response if the prosecution files its response on the date that it proposed.

Kudzayi and his elder brother, Philip, were remanded in custody on allegations that they were running a shadowy Facebook page, Baba Jukwa, that is critical of Zanu PF.

But Edmund Kudzayi, who claims to be an information technology expert, is denying that he conspired with Phillip to overthrow a constitutionally-elected government and published or communicated falsehoods that are prejudicial to the state.

The Sunday Mail editor says he was being victimized, adding that some un-named top Zanu PF officials, whom he accuse of leaking information to the original Baba Jukwa, masterminded his arrest for fear that he would expose them in a bid to impress President Robert Mugabe following the president’s claim that there weevils who were destroying Zanu PF from within.

– VOA

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