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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    May 09, 2007

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    Lawyers including Beatrice Mtetwa, the President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) were severely beaten up by riot police yesterday as they marched peacefully to the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to hand in a petition against the continued harassment of lawyers by the State Security agents.

    About 60 lawyers marched to the New Government Complex with the intention to submit a petition to the Minister of Justice, Patrick Chinamasa against the arrest of human rights lawyers, Alec Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners and a prosecutor, Chikosha. Makoni and Muchadehama were arrested on preposterous charges of distracting the cause of justice in a case in which they are representing Amos Musekiwa and other Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activists. The activists are being accused by the state of conducting a series of petrol bombings around the country. Prosecutor Chikosha was arrested for consenting to an order issued by the High Court on Saturday 5 May 2007 for Makoni and Muchadehama to be granted bail.

    According to one of the lawyers, the police stopped the march stating that it was unsanctioned. As the lawyers were disbursing, riot police began arbitrarily beating them up. Beatrice Mtetwa, Collin Kahuni, Chris Mhike and Fritzgerald managed to enter the New Government Complex intending to deliver the petition but were stopped by riot police and hauled into a police truck. The 4 lawyers were taken to an open ground near the Harare Remand Prison and severely beaten. They were later dumped along Enterprise Road where they were found by other lawyers.

    The lawyers sustained bruises all over their bodies and a full medical report is yet to be released.

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