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lawyer's picture angers police
May 18, 2007
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Boldwill Hungwe a photographer
with the Zimbabwe Standard and Zimbabwe Independent has been summoned
to Harare Central Police Station following publication of a photograph
of human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa exposing scars inflicted
from severe beatings by the police.
Hungwe confirmed to MISA-Zimbabwe
on 18 May 2007 that he had been phoned and ordered by the police
to report to Harare Central.
The front page photograph
was published by the Zimbabwe Standard on 13 May 2007 showing the
battered arm and thigh of Mtetwa who is also the president of the
Law Society of Zimbabwe.
Independent reported in its edition of 18 - 24 May 2007 that
a policeman who identified himself as Inspector Chinembiri, told
Hungwe that the photograph in question was in violation of the repressive
Public Order and
Mtetwa was brutally assaulted
on 8 May 2007 when police disrupted a march by Harare lawyers protesting
the illegal arrest and detention of two prominent human rights lawyers,
Aleck Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni
The two were arrested
on 4 May 2007 at the High Court in Harare. Muchadehama and Makoni
are representing opposition MDC activists and administration staff,
among them journalist Luke Tamborinyoka and Member of Parliament
Paul Madzore who are in custody on allegations of having undergone
terrorism training in South Africa.
Muchadehama and Makoni
spent the weekend in police custody and were only released in the
evening on bail of Z$500,000 (US$33) each on 7 May 2007.
Muchadehama was detained
at the notorious Matapi Police Station whose conditions were declared
inhuman and degrading by the Supreme Court.
During the period of
their incarceration, the High Court issued three orders. The first
was a "temporary order" directing the police to allow
lawyers access to Makoni and Muchadehama and to allow them access
to food, medical attention if necessary, and visitation by their
relatives, pending the hearing of the matter the following day.
The second was a consent
order which declared that the arrests were unlawful and that Makoni
and Muchadehama should be immediately released.
The third ordered that
Makoni and Muchadehama be produced at the High Court within an hour
of service of that order. The order was served on 6 May 2007 at
18h24 meaning the duo should have been produced at the High Court
All the orders were ignored
by the police prompting the protest march and subsequent brutal
assault of Mtetwa and other Harare based lawyers who had joined
in the march.
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