Shocker: Notorious Armed Robbers Granted Bail:
The court has raised peoples eyebrows after the granting of bail to notorious armed robber Musa Taj Abdul alias Musa Mohammed (47), who has been on the wanted list for 20 years.
High Court Judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero yesterday granted notorious armed robber Musa Taj Abdul (47) and his two co-accused Godfrey Mupamhanga (27) and Rudolf Tapiwa Kanhanga (29) bail.
The three were arrested in Beitbridge in August with five others Charles Lundu (47), Tapiwa Mangoma alias Tapa (27), Innocent Jairosi (32), Prince Makodza (31), Liberty Mupamhanga (29) after being on the run for more than 20 years.
Adbul and Mupamhanga were granted $5 000 bail each while Kanhanga was released on $2 000 bail.
As part of their bail conditions, the three were ordered to reside at their given address and report to the police every Friday between 6 am and 6 pm until the matter has been finalized.
The three and their accomplices are facing several charges of armed robbery.
Commenting on the hardcore criminals’ release from remand prison without even being ordered to surrender their passports and title deeds to their houses, University of Kent Law Lecturer Alex Magaisa wrote on Twitter:
I would like to read this judgement because it looks odd. A suspected armed robber who’s been on the run is not required to surrender the passport. He doesn’t have one? He’s required to pay just over UD$60! Someone like Hopewell Chin’ono had to surrender title deeds to his home!
Add to that this chap was only arrested following a shootout which suggests he was resisting arrest. I am all for recognising the right to bail but on the face of it, this case looks dodgy. This Chap will do a runner and if I were a betting man, I would put a wager on it!