A MUTARE magistrate Hlekani Mwayera yesterday dismissed public violence charges against MDC Buhera West legislator Advocate Eric Matinenga and released him from police custody.
Matinenga was arrested and detained in Buhera on Saturday for allegedly paying and encouraging MDC youths to perpetrate violence against Zanu PF supporters in the constituency.
Tinoziva Bere, Matinengaâ€™s legal practitioner, told the Zimbabwe Independent last night that the state had applied for Matinengaâ€™s further detention, but the magistrate said there were no grounds for the lawyer to remain in custody.
On Tuesday, the Law Society of Zimbabwe complained over the continued detention of Matinenga for more than 48 hours after his arrest.
The society said when Matinenga was arrested, the police did not know what allegations against him were.
The police, the society added, failed to advise his lawyers of the basis of his arrest and detention. â€” Staff Reporter.