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Detained peace project director Jestina Mukoko to be transferred to clinic for medical treatment, following magistrate's ruling

(MISA/IFEX) - On 13 February 2009, Harare Magistrate Gloria Takundwa ruled for the further detention of Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko into the custody of the Avenues Clinic for medical treatment as recommended by a state doctor who said she was very ill.

Doctor Makanza said it was necessary that Mukoko be detained at the Avenues Clinic because in his "professional opinion the accused is very ill and warrants admission" to the clinic. The doctor said he would stand guided by the medical findings of the Avenues Clinic's doctors as to the duration of Mukoko's detention at the private medical institution.

The magistrate ruled that both the medical affidavits submitted by the state and those of the accused's own doctor were in agreement pertaining to the critical condition of the accused. Magistrate Takundwa said Mukoko should, therefore, be detained at the Avenues Clinic.

The magistrate said both the state and defence should come back to the court on 27 February to brief the court on Mukoko's medical condition.

The magistrate's ruling followed an application by defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama on 12 February that Mukoko was in dire need of medical attention and that there already existed four different court orders to that effect which had not been complied with.

On 12 February, the magistrate ordered that Mukoko be admitted at the Avenues Clinic pending her ruling on 13 February on whether she should continue to be detained at the private medical institution or the prison's hospital.

Updates the Mukoko case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/99620

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