Zimbabwean activists kept in jail

2011-09-23 22:30

Harare - A lawyer for Zimbabwean activists says a court has ordered them to remain in jail after they were arrested during a peace march.

Kossam Ncube says the two leaders of the militant Women of Zimbabwe Arise group were arrested on Wednesday with 10 other women on a march marking the International Day of Peace in the second city of Bulawayo.

The 10 others were freed on Thursday, but a court on Friday ordered the two women to stay in jail until October 6.

Ncube says several were assaulted in custody.

He says Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu are accused of possessing stolen property at the group's offices, which were raided by police several weeks ago.

They deny the charges.

The women were handing out fliers and flowers at the march.

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