Garwe to rule on Tsvangirai application


Dumisani Muleya

JUSTICE Paddington Garwe will this morning make a ruling on the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)’s lawyers application for the discharge of party leader Morgan Tsvang

irai who is facing treason charges for allegedly plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe.



MDC attorney Innocent Chagonda said Garwe, who is judge president, would hand down his judgement on the application by head of the defence team George Bizos today.


“The ruling will be made tomorrow morning at 11:00,” Chagonda said yesterday.


The High Court deferred ju-dgement on the case on July 28.


Garwe had promised two weeks earlier to deliver a ruling on Bizos’ application to have treason charges against Tsvangirai and others dropped on the grounds they were allegedly trumped-up by government agents for political reasons.


Tsvangirai is jointly charged with MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube and secretary for agriculture Renson Gasela for plotting to assassinate Mugabe in 2001.


The trio has denied the charges but face the death penalty if convicted. The alleged intrigue was uncovered after Canadian political consultant Ari Ben-Menashe accused the MDC officials of approaching him to arrange Mugabe’s murder. Ben-Menashe has produced grainy video and inaudible sound tapes recorded at meetings between MDC members and himself in London and Montreal as evidence.


However, MDC attorneys led by Bizos have dismissed the purported evidence as contrived and useless after a dramatic long-running trial.

Ben-Menashe was “a notorious and demonstrable liar”, Bizos said in his application for a discharge.


A number of state witnesses have concurred that the evidence is unreliable.