A Bindura magistrate, Meo Rubwe has appeared in court on charges of criminal abuse of office for his role in facilitating the illegal release of a suspect on bail without court proceedings.

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Magistrate Rubwe stands accused of pulling court record CRB 978/15 without logging in the record of movement book before proceeding to preside over bail proceedings in his chambers in the absence of a prosecutor and an interpreter.

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No bail application had been made.

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Rubwe allegedly granted US$50 bail to Brian Katiyo who was accused of breaking into a police camp.

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He went on to order Katiyo not to interfere with witnesses, report once every two weeks at C.I.D Bindura and to reside at his given address.

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Rubwe allegedly went to the accounts clerk’s office for payment of bail.

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The matter came to light when Katiyo approached the High Court seeking bail over his charges of  breaking into Shamva Police Station and stealing several cell phones, a laptop and a bicycle, indicating that he is a proper candidate for bail as he was once granted bail by Rubwe and never defaulted.

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Justice Felistus Chatukuta requested the court record in question to verify the circumstances under which Katiyo was released on bail before postponing the matter to this Friday to allow state Prosecutor, Tapiwa Kasema to file his response.