facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

2,000 criminals free in Zimbabwe

Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM   |   Comments

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Authorities said there are more than 2,000 convicted criminals who are free in Zimbabwe after obtaining bail before their appeals.

Robbers, rapists, car-jackers, housebreakers and many other convicts are, as a result, free until their appeal dates, NewsDay reported.

Authorities said the numbers of free convicts has become so high as a result of processing delays in court, mainly the shortage of transcribers and the use of old technology.

An official said the 16 open transcriber positions can't be filled because of a freeze on government jobs.

The courts are attempting to acquire recording and transcribing machines to speed up the appeal process, NewsDay said, but have a very limited budget and currently can only see about 12 of the cases per week.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Ukraine claims Russian offensive on third front
2
Texas man acquitted of killing man who killed his sons in DUI
3
Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation
4
'Coolest' cooler breaks Kickstarter record
5
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback