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Police raid GALZ offices, arrest employees
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

May 22, 2010

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Police on Friday 21 May 2010 raided the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) offices in Milton Park.

Armed with a search warrant from Chief Superintendent Peter Magwenzi, Detective Inspector Chibvuma led a team of police officers to search for dangerous drugs and pornographic material citing contravention of Section 157 (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 and Section 32 (1) of the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act Chapter 10:04.

At the time of releasing this alert, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) had not yet ascertained how much material was taken by the police but various computers and some documents were seized by the police during the raid.

Police arrested two GALZ employees Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Muhambi, who were detained at Harare Central Police Station on Friday.

ZLHR lawyers Dzimbabwe Chimbga and David Hofisi attended at Harare Central Police Station on Friday evening, but police remained adamant that the two GALZ employees would be detained despite complaints from Ms Chademana about her diabetic condition.

On Saturday 22 May 2010 police refused to allow lawyers access to their clients.

It remains unclear what charges will be preferred against the two GALZ employees but lawyers will continue to make attendances at Harare Central Police Station.

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