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on bail, journalist immediately hospitalized because of beatings
in police custody
Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without
April 06, 2007
a contributor to the London-based weekly The Zimbabwean, was released
on bail yesterday and was immediately hospitalized for treatment
to injuries resulting from the beatings he received during four
days in police custody.
Judge Gloria Takundwa
agreed to free Phiri on bail of 20,000 Zimbabwean dollars (62 euros)
and set trial for 25 April. In the meantime, he will have to report
to Harare police headquarters every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
reside at the same address and avoid contact with anyone who might
be a witness at the trial.
1 April, he is charged with working as a journalist without official
accreditation and publishing false news under sections 79 and 80
of the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
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