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file urgent application in Gift Phiri case
April 04, 2007
detained Zimbabwean chief reporter, Gift Phiri on 4 April 2007 filed
an urgent High Court application to secure his release.
of the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights filed the application which seeks to
have the continued detention of Phiri declared illegal and a violation
of his right to protection of the law which stipulates that he should
be brought before a competent court within 48 hours of his arrest
and detention. The stipulated 48-hour legal limit has expired.
In the interim
the lawyers are seeking an order prohibiting the police from hindering
access to Phiri by his lawyers and doctors. His lawyers have been
struggling to get access to him since his arrest on 1 April 2007.
Lawyers also battled
to serve the application on the police officers listed who are listed
as respondents. MISA-Zimbabwe Legal Officer Wilbert Mandinde, who
was serving the papers with Tafadzwa Mugabe and Aleck Muchadehama,
explained how police officers manning the entrance to the Law and
Order Section had denied them access to the Officer Commanding Law
and Order. This is despite the fact that the papers cite the Officer
Commanding Law and Order Section as the respondent.
Phiri was arrested
at Sunningdale Shopping Centre on Sunday afternoon. He was briefly
detained at Sunningdale Police Post before being transferred to
Harare Central Police Station.
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