Former Air Zimbabwe company secretary Grace Nyaradzayi Pfumbidzayi has been granted bail by the High Court.
Pfumbidzayi had been convicted for criminal abuse of duty as a public officer and jailed to an effective 7-year jail sentence. High Court judge Justice Happious Zhou has ordered the release of Pfumbidzayi from Chikurubi Maximum Prison on $5 000 bail.
Justice Zhou found that the magistrates court misdirected itself by ruling that there was a risk of abscondment on Pfumbidzayi's part as she had been slapped with a lengthy jail term.
He said while the period of imprisonment is relevant it is not proof that the appellant will not avail herself to serve her sentence should her appeal fail.
He additionally ordered Pfumbidzayi to deposit the money, her passport and title deeds to her Masvingo and Harare properties with clerk of court at Harare Magistrates Court and to report twice weekly at Marlborough Police Station.
Advocate Webster Chinamhora who is under instruction from Andrew Muvirimi welcomed the admission of Pfumbidzayi to bail.
Pfumbidzayi together with her former boss Peter Chikumba now await their main appeal to be heard at the appeal court where their major argument is that they were wrongfully tried and convicted as public officers.