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  • Harrassment of lawyers continues
    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
    May 15, 2007

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    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) strongly deplores the continuing harassment of lawyers by state agents that has been taking place countrywide.

    On Monday, 14 May, police arrested Jonathan Samkange, a lawyer with Byron, Venturas and Partners at his Avondale residence on allegations of contravening section 26 (1) (b) of the Immigration Act. Samkange, who is detained at the Rhodesville Police Station, is alleged to have falsely declared that a guest he had hosted was a visitor instead of an intended witness in the Mann extradition. The lawyer is however still to be formally charged and has not been warned and cautioned despite that the offence he is said to have committed is a fineable one.

    Ten lawyers were today arrested, detained and later released from the Mutare Central Police Station as they marched against the continued harassment and arrest of lawyers. They also intended to present a petition to the governor of Manicaland, Tineyi Chigudu. The ten lawyers who included LSZ Councillor, Tinozive Bere of Bere Brothers, ZLHR Board Member, Trust Maanda of Henning Lock Donagher and Winter, Johanes Zviuya, Muhloro Mubata, Chris Ndlovu and Ashel Mutungara were picked up by police a 1400 hours and released at 1545hours without being charged.

    ZLHR is encouraged that after their release Bere was allowed to proceed in the company of a police officer to the governor's office to present the petition.

    ZLHR reiterates the need for the state to safeguard the independence of the legal protection and calls on the Minister of Justice, Legal & Parliamentary Affairs, as well as the Attorney General of Zimbabwe to take action against the harassment.

    Lawyers can only fulfil their duties when they are protected from pressures or threats that arise from outside sources and ZLHR warns that the absence of such an environment is detrimental to the administration of justice.

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