MDC Deputy Chairperson and Harare East legislator, Tendai Biti has applied for exception of charges indicating that the current charges he was facing did not constitute a criminal offence.
Appearing before Harare Magistrate, Gloria Takundwa through his lawyer Beatrice Mthetwa from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Biti said there was no criminal offence in his announcement that Nelson Chamisa had won the Presidential elections as he had done so using information that was already in the public domain.
Biti was arrested at the Zambian border post after he tried to cross into the neighbouring country to seek asylum claiming he was running away from persecution by the state security.
Meanwhile, the magistrate granted an application made by his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa for the proceedings to be live streamed by accredited media houses. The trial is expected to run for the rest of this week