Zimbabwe's Manpower Planning Minister, Edgar Tekere, was released on bail on Tuesday (19 August).
GV PAN Main street in Salisbury TO Zimbabwe High Court building. (2 shots)
SV PAN Chikurubi Prison flag TO Guards with dogs, through gate
SV PAN Car carrying Zimbabwe manpower Minister Edgar Tekere, seated as passenger in front, passing through prison gates
GV & SV Zimbabwe High Court building (3 shots)
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Background: Zimbabwe's Manpower Planning Minister, Edgar Tekere, was released on bail on Tuesday (19 August). Seven of Mr Tekere's bodyguards face similar charges of murdering white farmer, 68-year-old Gerald Adams, on 4 August. They remain on remand in a high security prison.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Tekere had been in prison since 6 August, until Tuesday's decision in the Zimbabwe High Court to release him on a bail of 50-thousand Zimbabwe dollars (US 75,000 dollars).
He had been on remand at the Chikurubi top security prison along with the seven bodyguards who will face the same charge, in a trial expected to begin on 8 September.
Mr Tekere was released immediately bail was granted. The Cabinet Minister who is in the front passenger seat of this car, did not appear at the application. But he did benefit by an assurance to the High Court from Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, that he will not avoid the trial. On Wednesday (20 August), Mr Tekere made a brief court appearance, regarded as a formality. He was ordered to appear before the same court again on 3 September and to observe the conditions of bail.