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monitor detained in Manicaland province
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
July 23, 2010
On 23 July 2010, John
Ziyera was arrested and detained at Dumba Business Center, Mutasa
John is a Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, Zimbabwe
Election Support Network and Zimbabwe
Peace Project Independent Constitutional Monitoring Project
(ZZZICOMP) monitor, who had been deployed to monitor the constitution
making outreach programme in Mutasa North Constituency. He was allegedly
apprehended after the participants in a meeting at Dumba Business
Centre tried to physically attack him as he was regarded as a foreigner
in their area. Although Ziyera identified himself as a ZZZICOMP
monitor to David Chimhini, one of the Constitution Select Committee
(COPAC) team leaders, the legislator proceeded to hand him over
to the police under unclear circumstances.
Ziyera was then
detained by the police from 15:00 hours and was subsequently transferred
to Mutare Law and Order Section after three hours.
When Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights (ZLHR) lawyers, Blessing Nyamaropa and Roselyn
Hanzi attended at the police station they were advised that no charges
had been levelled against the ZZZICOMP monitor.
The police continued
to detain Ziyera even after the lawyers produced his accreditation
card that had been issued by COPAC.
A police officer then
advised lawyers that the senior police officers at Mutare police
station were consulting and verifying with senior police officers
in Harare on the way forward.
After being detained
for almost five hours, Ziyera was released into the custody of his
lawyers on condition that he appears at the Mutare Law and Order
Section at 08:00 hours on 24 July 2010.
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