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Sought by police over diamond report, Zimbabwe researcher remains
Nyaira, VOA News
this article on the VOA website
said Lisben Maguwu prevented them from arresting Farai Maguwu, wanted
in connection with a report he issued last week in which it was
alleged that thousands of carats of diamonds were being smuggled
out of Marange daily
A magistrate in the eastern
Zimbabwe provincial capital of Mutare on Monday freed the brother
of the director of the Center for Research and Development, which
police raided late last week in apparent connection with its reporting
on abuses in the controversial Marange diamond field of Manicaland
Enia Ndiraya set bail of US$20 for Lisben Maguwu, brother of Center
for Research and Development Director Farai Maguwu, remanding
him to June 14 to face charges of obstructing justice. Authorities
sought to detain Farai Maguwu for questioning last Thursday, but
could not find him and arrested Lisben Maguwu instead.
Police said Lisben prevented
them from arresting Maguwu, wanted in connection with a report he
issued last week in which it was alleged that thousands of carats
of diamonds were being smuggled out of Marange daily. Police moved
to arrest Maguwu soon after he met with Kimberly Process Certification
Scheme Zimbabwe monitor Abbey Chikane in Mutare last week. Maguwu
remained in hiding this week, sources said.
Prosecutor Simon Chabuka
told the court that Lisben, 24, obstructed justice by preventing
the police from arresting Maguwu last Thursday. But he did not explain
how he did that.
Representing Lisben was
Peter Tandiri, who stepped in to represent Lisben Maguwu after Blessing
Nyamaropa, a member of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who
was initially representing Maguwu, went into hiding after being
harassed and threatened by police upon making inquiries about his
Lawyers for Human Rights, the Zimbabwe
Peace Project and the Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition have condemned the alleged abuses by Chief
Superintendent Crispen Makedenge and Detective Inspector Henry Dowa.
Nyamaropa told VOA Studio
7 reporter Sandra Nyaira that such police actions are intended to
prevent human rights defenders from representing people who are
considered enemies of the state.
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