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Top human rights lawyer arrested as police defy court order
in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 18, 2013
was arrested and detained at Rhodesville police station in Harare
on charges of obstructing the course of justice whilst carrying
out her professional duties. Beatrice Mtetwa was arrested whilst
trying to defend four MDC T officials who were arrested yesterday
in Harare. Beatrice had gone to inquire about the search warrant
that was used to raid the MDC T offices.
Court Justice Hungwe granted an order for Beatrice's immediate release
late last night. Nevertheless the state refused to comply with the
order. According to Irene Petras the director of the Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights (ZLHR) said: ‘Together with 4 other lawyers
I attended Rhodesville police station at around 2.30am where police
refused to comply with the court order. Law and Order personnel
named in the application were made aware of the order too and similarly
refused to cooperate around 3.30am. Efforts are continuing this
This means that
beyond the constitution Zimbabwe still need to effect a change of
political culture to ensure a democratic transition. Your on-going
solidarity is appreciated.
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