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on the raid by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police
Peace Project (ZPP)
February 12, 2013
Project (ZPP) wishes to inform its partners about the worrying developments
that occurred on 11 February 2013 at around 1530 hours. A total
of 8 police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department
- Law and Order Section from Harare Central police station stormed
ZPP offices armed with a search warrant that read in part that there
were reasonable grounds that ZPP was in possession of some articles
which the organisation intended to use for criminal use in contravention
of Section 40 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act. The police also suspected
that ZPP had contravened the Immigration Act by permitting some
unidentified illegal immigrants to enter the country without a work
permit and to have smuggled some undisclosed goods in breach of
Section 182 (1) of the Customs and Excise Act.
6 police officers
proceeded to search the premises in the presence of lawyers. Some
of the items seized by the police during this search were;-mobile
phone handsets, wind up radios, files with donor information, political
violence reports and DVD's.
The police officers
advised lawyers that they were going to study the information that
they had seized and they left after 3 hours. Noone was arrested
during this raid. However, at around 2100hours, ZPP was advised
by the security company that provides rapid response reaction services
that the alarm at the offices had gone off. ZPP later established
that as the security company was leaving the premises after completing
their response, at least 8 police officers forcefully gained access
to the premises and advised the guard manning the ZPP offices that
they wanted to gain access to the Director's office as they
believed that the items they were looking for were in that office.
The police officers left after they were advised by the guard that
he did not have any keys to facilitate access to the offices. Since
this occurred yesterday a number of vehicles have been observed
parked outside in the vicinity of the ZPP offices.
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