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Obadiah Moyo’s bail relaxation application dismissed

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  • Moyo had applied for variation of his bail reporting conditions saying they were costly and making it difficult for him to plan for any business that needs time beyond two days.

FORMER Health Minister Obadiah Moyo’s application for his bail reporting conditions to be removed has been dismissed by a Harare magistrate.

Regional magistrate Trynos Utahwashe dismissed Moyo’s application saying his it was among several similar applications made by prominent people ‘seeking preferential treatment’ from the court.

Utahwashe said such applications by prominent people should be discouraged as the courts do not discriminate against accused persons who appear before them.

In his ruling, Utahwashe said such applications are usually made when there are no changed circumstances in their cases.

Moyo had applied for variation of his bail reporting conditions saying they were costly and making it difficult for him to plan for any business that needs time beyond two days.

He was ordered to report to the police thrice a week.

The State had opposed to his application saying he consented to the conditions and should have contested them when he was initially granted bail. – ZBC

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