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Crisis Report Issue 166
in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 22, 2013
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Demand Justice for Mtetwa
Dozens of protesters
gathered, sang and raised emblazoned banners at the Magistrate Court
in Harare demanding justice for the incarcerated
human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa on Friday, March 22, 2013.
The Magistrates court on Wednesday denied Mtetwa bail and remanded
her in custody to April 3, while on Friday the High Court postponed
her bail application hearing to Monday 25, March 2013.
who staged a lunchtime demonstration called for justice to be upheld
in the matter where the human rights de-fender is being accused
of obstructing the course of justice.
with Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) details that searched the house
of her client Thabani Mpofu – the Prime Minister’s Legal
Advisor – on Sunday without exhibiting a search warrant, leading
to her arrest.
protesters were dispersed by a police officer, who emerged with
a few colleagues from the building and started manhandling the protesters,
attempting to take away the banners which read: “Free Beatrice
Mtetwa now” and “What you are doing is unconstitutional
In a sign that
there is growing solidarity for the human rights defender, the High
Court was packed to the brim earlier in the morning.
vowed to continue with solidarity actions if the courts continue
to act in a manner that is deemed to be partisan and unprofessional.
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