High Court frees jailed top cop

HARARE - The High Court has set aside police assistant commissioner Gideon Baloyi’s nine-month jail term, after ruling that the magistrates’ court erred in convicting him.

Baloyi was jailed after he was convicted for contravening the Police Act, following allegations that he facilitated the release of a suspect.

The top cop, through his lawyer Misheck Hogwe, approached the High Court, appealing against the conviction, claiming the magistrate had misdirected himself. 

High Court Judges Charles Hungwe and Francis Bere yesterday said that the magistrate had erred in convicting Baloyi, since there was no evidence which showed that he was the one who had given orders for the release of the suspect.

According to claims by the State, Baloyi had facilitated the illegal release of a fraud suspect from police custody.

Baloyi, 53, had allegedly instructed a junior police officer to release the suspect.

He was convicted by the Harare magistrates’ court in January this year, before he lodged an appeal with the High Court.

During the bail application he had pleaded his innocence, claiming that there was no proof that he acted in the manner alleged by the State.

He also told the court that the charge was not supported by evidence, thereby making the conviction improper.

 

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