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MDC activists claim trillions in damages
in Zimbabwe Coalition
October 12, 2007
Tortured Movement for
Democratic Change activists accused by the government of petrol-bombing
public institutions in March this year have sued the State for a
record 3.8 trillion dollars.
The separate claims for
damages by 34 opposition activist arising from unlawful arrest,
detention without trial, assault, torture and denial of food as
well as medical attention came after the state last week withdrew
the charges against them for lack of compelling evidence.
Among those detained
for four months, Morgan Komichi, the MDC's deputy organizing
secretary, Denis Murira, Paul Madzore, the Member of Parliament
for Glenview in Harare, and Ian Makoni, the director of elections
were amongst the MDC members who were subjected to inhumane and
degrading treatment while in police custody.
In the civil suit prepared
by their lawyer Alec Muchadehama, Makoni, Murira and Komichi are
each claiming $130 million as damages against the State while Madzore
wants the authorities to pay him $110 million.
The MDC activists were
said to have attended terrorist training programmes and were responsible
for the bombing of a Marimba Police Station among other public institutions.
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