Journalist granted bail on charges of disorderly conduct

Journalist granted bail on charges of disorderly conduct

Zimbabwean journalist Nunurai Jena was on 3 April 2020 remanded out of custody on free bail to 7 May 2020 when he appeared in court in Chinhoyi charged with disorderly conduct in a public place.

Jena is accused of breaching Section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which deals with disorderly conduct in a public place, which is the main charge.

His lawyer Kudzai Choga confirmed to MISA Zimbabwe that the journalist who was not in custody following his arrest on 2 April 2020, had been remanded out of custody on free bail.

He also faces the alternative charge of contravening Section 11 (a) (b) of the Public Health (COVID-19), Prevention, Containment and Treatment (National Lockdown Order, 2020.

Background

Jena was supposed to appear in court following his arrest on 2 April 2020 but failed to make it before the courts closed at 3:00 pm on the same day. He was then released with summons to appear in court on 3 April 2020.

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