Bulawayo Justice of the Peace Rachel Mukanga is that this Monday anticipated to rule on New York Occasions correspondent Jeffrey Moyo’s bail utility.
Moyo was arrested on Wednesday final week for allegedly contravening the Immigration Act by way of helping two New York Occasions journalists to fraudulently purchase media accreditation playing cards.
He’s additionally accused of conniving with Zimbabwe Media Fee (ZMC) worker, Thabang Manhika in committing the offence.
Moyo denies the cost.
Representing the state, Thompson Hove advised the court docket that Moyo allegedly assisted the 2 unnamed journalists to illegally enter the nation and promised them momentary press playing cards regardless of that the scribes had been denied entry by the Ministry of Info, Broadcasting Providers and Publicity.
Hove advised court docket that the state was satisfied by the investigating officer, Ben Justin’s proof that the 2 shouldn’t be granted bail as their case concerned nationwide safety points.
Moyo’s lawyer, Douglas Coltart argued the truth that his consumer was dealing with nationwide safety fees was not sufficient excuse to disclaim the scribe bail.
Coltart questioned the ministry’s involvement within the case, insisting that in response to the Structure of the nation, ZMC had the only proper to accredit each native and overseas journalists.
The lawyer additionally complained about the way in which the 2 accused have been handled by the police once they have been arrested.
He advised court docket the 2 have been compelled to take away their heat clothes and have been detained in a cell which had too many inmates, one thing that uncovered them to Covid-19.
He additionally raised situation with the deplorable situations within the cell.
Justice of the Peace Mukanga ordered the state to research the allegations and report the findings to the court docket earlier than 9 June.