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  • Munetsi, Chikorohondo released
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    May 16, 2007

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    The 2 University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students, Prosper Munetsi and Munyaradzi Chikorohondo, who were arrested on the 10th of May 2007 have been released. The students were arrested for allegedly contravening sections of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) after addressing a peaceful demonstration at the university campus.

    Munetsi and Chikorohondo were released after the prosecutor, at a court hearing held yesterday 15 May 2007 at the Rotten Row Magistrates Court, refused to prosecute arguing that the case falls under ordinance 30 which means that it is a UZ matter. Police will proceed with the case by way of summons.

    The students were allegedly beaten up and sustained bruises while in the custody of University Security. At the time of their release, Chikorohondo's ear was still bleeding. They are currently receiving medical attention and counseling.

    Lawyers detained

    Ten lawyers were detained at Mutare Central Police Station and later released on Monday afternoon as they marched in protest against the continued arrests and victimization of legal practitioners. The lawyers intended to hand in a petition to the Governor of Manicaland, Tineyi Chigudu airing their concerns over the continued actions by the Zimbabwean police. They were detained from 1400 hours to 1545 hours with no charges.

    However, the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) councilor, Tinozive Bere managed to hand in the petition to the governor's office in the company of the police.

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