Harare magistrate Chido Garwe has issued a warrant of arrest against former Finance Minister Tendai Biti after he failed to appear in court for trial, reported The Herald.
Biti is facing allegations of assaulting a Russian national Tatiana Aleshina outside the Harare Magistrates Court
His lawyer Aleck Muchadehama was not present in court to represent his client.
This led senior prosecutor Micheal Reza to apply for a warrant of arrest.
Aleshina claims that on November 30 last year as she was about to leave the court gallery after a court session, Biti allegedly threatened to harm her.
She said the MDC Alliance vice president insulted and assaulted her outside the courtroom but within the complex premises. Said Aleshina in her complaint:
It was clear to all people who were in the court gallery that Mr Biti took delight not only in verbally abusing me but in trying to intimidate me and felt that, as a woman and foreigner of Russian origin, he would use every extrajudicial means to crush me or harm or destroy me for daring to be a witness in the criminal matter against his client.