State prejudicing Kurotwi - Mtetwa

HARARE - Beatrice Mtetwa, who is Core Mining director Lovemore Kurotwi’s lawyer, says the State is prejudicing and frustrating her client by delaying an inspection-in-loco in South Africa.

The matter failed to proceed yesterday, following claims that South African authorities had not yet responded to the State’s request, pertaining to the visit.

Chris Mutangadura, who is appearing on behalf of the State, was also not present yesterday and was reportedly out of the country.

High Court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu said the State should furnish the court with a report on the progress made to ensure the inspection in loco in South Africa was conducted.

The matter was remanded to February 25.

Mtetwa said the State was being insensitive to her client’s cause.

She said since July 2012, the State had failed to put its house in order.

“They have been organising the inspection in loco since 2012 and have subcontracted the process to a Kimberley magistrate and they also want us to subcontract the proceedings to South African lawyers,” Mtetwa said.

She has since written a letter to Mutangadura, claiming the State had taken a unilateral decision, which affects her clients’ rights.

“We note from your letter that the inspection in loco in South Africa will be led by the chief magistrate in Kimberley with the deputy director of public prosecution in Kimberley presumably acting on your behalf,” Mtetwa said.

She said she did not believe that a chief magistrate who is unaware of the background of the matter was able to properly conduct the inspection in loco.

Bhunu then asked the State to compile a report on how the inspection in loco was going to be conducted.
Kurotwi is facing fraud charges involving $2 billion.

He is jointly charged with ex- Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) manager, Dominic Mubaiwa.

Comments (1)

is this the same kurotwi with the diamond training institute who was taking ministers on a tour of the institute the other day?

simba - 16 February 2014

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