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POLICE had no clue about the identity of Baba Jukwa and have resorted to shooting in the dark hoping one of the bullets would strike gold and help unmask the notorious Facebook character, the lawyer for the arrested Kudzayi brothers has argued.

Sunday Mail editor, Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip face charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally elected government and undermining the President’s authority after police claimed they were the administrators of the Facebook page.

Edmund’s bail hearing is set to be heard on Thursday.

The brothers’ attorney Admire Rubaya, filed Phillip’s bail application at the High Court Tuesday arguing that there was no direct evidence linking his client with either the alleged offences or the Facebook character.

Rubaya urged the court to grant his client bail saying Phillip would be acquitted of the charges since the State’s case was weak.

“The State is gambling with the court just suspecting every Jack and Jill to be Baba Jukwa without evidence of such alleged connection,” said Rubaya.

“The State is clueless as to who exactly is behind the Baba Jukwa Facebook page and resultantly it is firing in the dark hoping that one of the bullets will hit the actual Baba Jukwa but such a process is counterproductive as it will unnecessarily destroy the lives of innocent people.”

Prosecutors claim that Phillip acquired an Econet mobile line which he used to create the email account babajukwa 2013@gmail.com and then set up the Facebook page.

But the defence argues that the sequence suggested by the prosecution was improbable since Phillip acquired the Econet line around June 10, 2013.

“Baba Jukwa started postings as far back as around March 22, 2013 well before the line in question was activated on the Econet network, thus the foundation of the State case crumbles on that basis alone,” said Rubaya.

“The State simply has a wrong man in custody. No wonder why applicant suspects that these are political machinations by certain people in the corridors of power who are desperate to resolve the Baba Jukwa mystery and along the way they are being a bit reckless, arresting innocent people.”

According to the attorney, Phillip was made aware that the police were looking for him in connection with the charges while abroad in Italy. He then returned home and surrendered himself to the police.

Source : New Zimbabwe