Gwezere was allegedly abducted from his Mufakose home in October last year by security agents and was held incommunicado at Marimba Police Station for two weeks on charges of breaking into Pomona Barracks and stealing arms of war. He was later transferred to Harare Central Police Station where he was formally charged.
Harare Magistrate Gloria Takundwa this week removed Gwezere from remand after the state failed to provide a trial date.
Human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama of Mbidzo, Muchadehama & Makoni Legal Practitioners represented the MDC official.
In granting Gwezere’s refusal of further remand application, Takundwa said the state could proceed with the case by way of summons whenever they were ready to put the matter to trial.
Muchadehama told journalists outside the courtroom that the ruling meant that Gwezere was finally a free man.
“They now have to proceed by way of summons. The magistrate granted our application on the basis that the state could not give us a trial date,” said Muchadehama.
Gwezere had been out on US$500 bail. He was being accused of conniving with army officers and deserters to steal 20 AK 47 rifles and a shotgun from Pomona Barracks. One of his co-accused has already been convicted and jailed while several are facing a court martial for the same offence.
Gwezere’s lawyers claimed last year that he had been abducted by military intelligence officers, Central Intelligence Organisation operatives, detectives from the Police Law and Order section and Police Internal Security Intelligence.
- Feluna Nleya