Zimbabwean judge

The Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee have expressed concern at reports of the arrest and detention of magistrate Livingstone Chipadze in Mutare, Zimbabwe, as a “serious breach” of the principle of judicial independence. 

He is reported to be accused of criminal abuse of office, apparently on the ground he allowed lawyers for Roy Bennett MP, the MDC’s nominee for agriculture minister, to post bail of $2,000.