Chamisa's lawyer to spend night in prison
He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
Confirming the developments MDC leader Nelson Chamisa said, "'m informed that Advocate Thabani Mpofu has been detained overnight at Rhodesville Police Station. Senior lawyer B. Mtetwa advises that Adv Mpofu is expected to appear in court tomorrow. The People's Advocate is resolute, indomitable and unshaken. Victory is certain!"
Tonight Advocate Thabani Mpofu is spending the night behind bars. Yet another lawyer targeted by the Mnangagwa regime for doing his job as a lawyer. Yet another citizen locked up while the real criminals roam free. An injury to one is an injury to all. #FreeThabaniMpofu pic.twitter.com/t0bibw1lob— Doug Coltart ✊🏽🇿🇼 (@DougColtart) June 1, 2020
Any competent court will see the absurdity of the charges levelled against Advocate Thabani Mpofu. It's not a crime to be Nelson Chamisa's lawyer.— Brezh Malaba (@BrezhMalaba) June 1, 2020
Mpofu was arrested after he presented himself to the police on Monday following reports that the police were looking for him for allegedly defeating the course of justice in 2019.
The crime, according to the Criminal Investigation Department's (CID) Anti-Corruption Unit, was committed on 25 January last year.
Mpofu, who is being represented by Beatrice Mtetwa, is expected to appear in court within the next 48 hours.
In his warned and cautioned statement to the police, Mpofu wrote; "I, Thabani Mpofu …admit having been informed by Detective Chief Inspector of CID Police Anti-Corruption Unit that enquiries are being made in connection with a case of defeating or obstructing the course of justice …which occurred at the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe on 25th January 2019 where it is being alleged that acting in connivance with Makanza and Choice Damiso well knowing that Simbarashe Zuze does not exist, drafted an affidavit to purport as it had already been sworn before Choice Damiso and filed before the Constitutional Court under number CCZ03/19 challenging the appointment of the Prosecutor General."
Listen to his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa below:
1. Advocate Thabani Mpofu is sleeping in police cells tonight at Rhodesville Police Station.— Hopewell Chin’ono (@daddyhope) June 1, 2020
He is being charged with the most absurd of crimes proving that the judiciary in Zimbabwe and the police have collapsed.
His lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa explains what the issue is all about pic.twitter.com/7uYsmPNm9b