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charge 24 residents with committing murder
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
June 02, 2011
Police on Thursday
2 June 2011 charged 24 residents of Glen View high density suburb
with committing murder after they finally allowed lawyers to have
access to their clients.
The police only
allowed the lawyers to access their clients after they were served
with a copy of an urgent court application which had been filed
by the lawyers at the High Court seeking to access their clients
and have them released.
Charles Kwaramba and Marufu Mandevere of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and
Makoni Legal Practitioners, who are members of Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed locating 24 residents including
Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere and former Councillor Last Maengahama.
The police charged
the 24 residents with contravening Section 47 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for committing
who had since Monday been denied
access to their clients reported that some of the residents
advised them that they were assaulted while in police custody as
the police sought to induce confessions. The residents were picked
up by the police on Sunday evening and Monday morning as the
police responded to the death of an officer who allegedly died after
a confrontation as the police attempted to break up a meeting at
a shopping centre in the high density suburb.
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