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journalist still to appear in court
April 03, 2007
Gift Phiri, a chief reporter with The Zimbabwean who is in police
custody are now considering filing for an urgent High Court order
compelling the police to produce him before the courts.
The lawyers told MISA-Zimbabwe
on 3 April 2007 that they would file for the court order if Phiri
is not brought before the courts within the stipulated 48 hours
following his arrest two days ago on 1 April 2007.
He was reportedly
in bad shape after he was severely assaulted while in police custody
following his arrest in Harare on 1 April 2007. MISA-Zimbabwe reliably
understands that the police were considering charging Phiri on allegations
of practicing journalism without accreditation in terms of the repressive
Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
Phiri was arrested at
Sunningdale Shopping Centre on Sunday afternoon. He was briefly
taken to Sunningdale Police Post before being transferred to Harare
Central Police Station.
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