Activist Masaraure application dismissed

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Artuz leader Obert Masaraure

MAGISTRATE Victoria Mashamba on Thursday dismissed activist Obert Masaraure ’s application for charges against him to be dropped.

 The defense made the request for the case to be dismissed, saying the State had has no case, adding it had taken long for the trial date to be given.

Masaraure’s case has taken 11 months while the State said it was still carrying out investigations.

The court said the postponements were now unwarranted and would no longer be entertained.

Masaraure is facing treason charges for protesting against the fuel hikes of January this year.

“Today, l face treason charges for protesting against fuel hikes.

“From January to date, the State is still to come up with a trial date. My record has been classified as security record. I am not a security threat, l fight poverty,” Masarure recently tweeted.

The court afforded the State one more chance to complete investigations and give a trial date.

The next remand date for the case is January 16, 2020.

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