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    The murder trial of Zimbabwe's Manpower Planning Minister, Mr.

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    LV AND CU Damaged farmhouse in Zimbabwe where white farmer, Gerald Adams was murdered (3 shots)

    SV Inspection party in grounds of house

    CU High Court Judge Pitman (grey hair) talking with colleagues

    CU PULL BACK AND PAN Manpower Minister, Mr. Edgar Tekere accused of murder, talking and walking with group past farm building

    CU PULL BACK AND PAN Defence Barrister, mr. Blom-Cooper (glasses and striped shirt) talking with other officials beside wire fence TO Farm buildings

    SV AND CU Armed troops in dugouts watch as Judge Pitman and party pass on inspection tour (2 shots)

    GV AND SV Mr. Tekere accompanied by others, emerge from farm building and walk away, watched by white police officers (3 shots)

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    Background: The murder trial of Zimbabwe's Manpower Planning Minister, Mr. Edgar Tekere, moved on Friday (7 November) from the High Court in Salisbury to the farm property where the killing occurred. Those involved in the case wanted to see at first had where 68-year-old farm manger, Mr. Cerald Adams, was shot dead.

    SYNOPSIS: It was at this house on a property called Stamford Farm where the accused are alleged to have murdered Mr. Adams on 4 August this year.

    The judge, his two assessors, counsels for the prosecution and defence, along with other court assistants and a party of journalists, spent much of the afternoon on the property.

    High Court Judge, Mr. Justice Pitman, already has ruled that Mr. Tekere is not immune from prosecution. Mr. Tekere and seven guerrilla bodyguards are charged with murdering Mr. Adams and with the attempted murder of five soldiers who were guarding a military installation on the farm.

    All eight accursed, all dressed in their guerrilla uniforms, accompanied the court party. Mr. Tekere, who is free on bail, brought along his wife, mother and friends to show them the property where the deaths occurred. Although the eight have pleaded not guilty, defence counsel has already admitted most of the prosecution's assertions of events up to the time of the murder.

    The defence, a led by British Barrister, Mr. Louis Blom-Cooper--wearing the glasses--says the killing was in self-defence. The court has been told Mr. Tekere had ben at a party at Stamford Farm on 3 August, when shots were fired from the military installation. Mr. Blom-Cooper admits Mr. Tekere and his seven guerrillas went to the farm the following day. A Police Chief Inspector has told the court Mr. Tekere was heard at the time to say he was "going to do battle with Zipra" -- the Zimbabwe People's Liberation Army led by Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Joshua Nkomo. According to the British Barrister, Mr. Tekere believes an attempt had been made on his life on 3 August.

    On Thursday (6 November), a statement by the guerrilla body-guard alleged to have fired the shots that killed Mr. Adams, was read to the court and said in read to the court and said in part: "We all shot at him. I went into the house with a comrade while the firing was going on. I saw the European stagger inside the house."

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