Vermeulen allowed to leave Harare

Posted by admin on November 17, 2007

Harare magistrate, William Bhila, has relaxed one of Mark Vermeulen's bail conditions, allowing the batsman to leave the Harare metropolitan area to play cricket matches. Vermeulen admitted to burning down two buildings owned by Zimbabwe Cricket, and was not allowed to travel outside a 40 km radius of Harare city.

Defence lawyer, Eric Matinenga, argued that as Vermuelen was the Old Hararians club captain, he needed to travel. Until now, he could only play in games played in Harare. However, even then, he has not always been able to play - any games at Harare Sports Club are off limits, as he is not permitted to go there. One of the structures he set on fire was the ZC boardroom at Harare Sports Club.

Prosecutor Alois Gakata consented to the relaxation of the bail conditions.