Arrest update June 10, 2008

The 13 WOZA women and one man are spending another night in custody in remand prisons in Harare.  The State’s appeal against bail awarded in the magistrates court May 30 was due to be heard today.

However, the State only filed their arguments late yesterday afternoon, which meant the ZLHR lawyer representing WOZA could only submit their arguments this morning. Judge Hlatshwayo said that he needed time to read them and postponed the hearing until tomorrow.  If the State’s case fails, the members should be  released tomorrow.

If it succeeds, WOZA will continue to press for their freedom.  They are being unjustly punished without trial for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression and assembly.