By Daniel Chigundu
US national Martha O’Donovan is set to appear at High Court of Zimbabwe on Wednesday (08 November) at 9am for a bail hearing.
O’Donovan lawyers Obey Shava and Rose Hanzi from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights made an urgent bail application today.
The American is being accused of trying to subvert a constitutional government as defined in Section 22 (2) (a) (i) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23 and Undermining Authority of or insulting President as defined in Section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
The accused is currently at Chikurubi Female Prison where she was remanded to the 15th of November by Harare Magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta on Saturday.
It is the State’s case that O’Donovan sought to incite political unrest through the expansion, development and use of sophisticated network of social media platforms as well as running accounts namely Magamba network Trust, @Matigary and @OpenParlyZW which she operates together with different users with a view to overthrow or attempt to overthrow the government by unconstitutional means.
On Saturday, O’Donovan’s lawyers were trying to convince Magistrate Sabarauta that their client was improperly before the court because proper arresting procedures were not followed.
However, the Magistrate was of the contrary view and decided to throw away the application.
Although O’Donovan has not yet been asked to plead, she maintains that she is innocent of the charges.