Mtetwa’s lawyers protest cop behaviour

2013-03-20 16:02

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights is furious with the way human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has allegedly been treated by authorities following her arrest.

Mtetwa was arrested on Sunday in Harare’s Westgate suburb and has been charged with obstruction of justice.

She was arrested while representing four officials of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangarai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) who were being searched by police.

The officials were also arrested and have been charged in a separate trial.

They are accused of compiling information, some of it in breach of official secret laws, to discredit the nation’s judicial officials for allegedly not prosecuting corrupt politicians, the Associated Press reported.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said in a statement that Mtetwa, who appeared in court again today, had been “ill-treated” during her three nights in prison so far.

They have accused the police of abusing their client “when two male police officers entered her detention cell at Rhodesville police station in the dead of the night and attempted to remove some blankets that covered her”.

They also alleged that Mtetwa had not been allowed to bath while in police custody “and also denied her relatives, friends and lawyers access to her”.

Mtetwa’s trial continues.

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