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State defend media in Katsimberis fraud case

By staff reporter 

The state yesterday came to the support of the media after property developer George Katsimberis lawyer advocate Tawanda Kanengoni asked the court to reprimand the media for not covering his client’s case in his corner.

Kanengoni asked magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro to reprimand the media saying the coverage he is receiving was not friendly.

The lawyer said he fears that the media coverage will impact his client case as it may influence the court’s decision.

” Your worship we are asking the court to remind the media to cover our case fairly.

My client is not getting fair coverage and he fears that those media articles might influence the court in its decisions. You may remind the media of their duty,” Kanengoni said.

However Reza opposed to the application saying it was the first-time to hear such application in court since the court has no power to control media houses of its content.

“Your worship it is my first time to hear such an application. The defence wants to clobber the court with powers it does not have, that is to control the media,” Reza said.

Reza said the media has no power to influence court’s decision.

“This Court cannot interfere with goings on in media houses” he said.

Magistrate Muchuchuti-Guwuriro said he will search for the laws dealing with the complaint and postponed the matter to July 28 for the decision.

Kanengoni however filed a notice to apply for referral of the matter to the Constitutional Court and the details of the application will be heard on the day.

The matter was at the trial stage and the first witness Michael Van Blerk was on stand testifying.

Van Blerk had told the court that Katsimberis misrepresented facts in a fraudulent manner.

Katsemberis is being accused of duping Pokugara Properties (Pvt) Limited of close to USS$1 million in a joint venture to build cluster houses in Harare’s Borrowdale suburb.

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