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Mukoyi freed as Magistrate orders investigations into assault
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
April 13, 2011
Brighton Pabwe on Wednesday 13 April 2011 freed Shakespeare Mukoyi,
one of the congregants, who was arrested
on Saturday 9 April 2011, when police suppressed a church service
in Glen Norah suburb of Harare.
granted free bail to Mukoyi, who was visibly in pain when he appeared
in court, charged with assault as defined in Section 89 (1) (a)
of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23
Chinzete alleged that Mukoyi assaulted Emmanuel Jeketera, a police
officer with clenched fists and booted feet all over his body at
Chitubu Shopping Center in Glen Norah suburb on Saturday 9 April
2011. Chinzete alleges that Jeketera suffered a swollen lower lip
and lacerations on the lower lip as a result of the assault.
also advised Mukoyi that his trial will commence on 18 May.
ordered the State to investigate several complaints which were levelled
against the police by Mukoyi's lawyers Marufu Mandevere and
told Magistrate Pabwe that the police, who arrested Mukoyi, locked
him up in the Church of Nazarene after they had chased away congregants
before blowing tear gas in the church.
said the police assaulted Mukoyi all over his body with truncheons
and clenched fists.
As a result
of the assault, Mukoyi, whose clothes had blood stains and wore
a cervical collar (neck brace) while in court sustained head injuries,
swollen body, burst blood vessels.
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