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Court denies request to end detention of freelance photojournalist Shadreck Anderson Manyere

(MISA/IFEX) - On 24 March 2009, Harare magistrate Memory Chigwaza dismissed an application by freelance photojournalist Shadreck Anderson Manyere to reject the state's application to remand him further.

In her ruling, the magistrate upheld the application by the state to remand (continue detaining) the accused until 30 April, on the grounds that the state needed time to prepare indictment papers for the accused. However, she added that the accused would have to be indicted by that date.

Manyere, who was represented by Alec Muchadehama, was challenging his continued detention and the protracted delay in being brought to trial. The dismissal of the application effectively means that Manyere will remain in remand prison pending the hearing of a Supreme Court application in which he is challenging his continued detention.

Meanwhile, MISA-Zimbabwe has offered food and school fees assistance to the Manyere family, with support from the UK-based Rory Peck Trust. Manyere's wife said the family is struggling as Shadreck is the sole breadwinner.

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