Zimbabwe judges tour police cells

2012-06-14 21:36
Prison cell. (IRIN)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's top judges say they are considering whether a Harare cell block should be closed after complaints from rights activists that conditions are inhumane.

The Supreme Court judges said on Thursday they will rule later in a suit brought against the police by members of an activist group who have been frequently detained under sweeping security laws. Activists have said the cells are filthy and ill-equipped.

The judges were escorted on Thursday from the courthouse to the main Harare police station cells with four activists.

Reporters with them said usually overcrowded cells were empty and appear to have been cleaned, leaving a strong smell of floor polish and detergent.

Activist Jenni Williams, who has been arrested more than 40 times over a decade of activism, described the tour as a sham.

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