Tuesday 16 July 2019

Zimbabwe’s lawyers march over ‘denial of justice’ for arrested protesters

Opposition leaders say the arrests have been politically motivated.

Zimbabwe lawyers take part in a protest (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
Zimbabwe lawyers take part in a protest (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Lawyers in Zimbabwe have marched on the constitutional court to protest the alleged denial of justice for hundreds of people arrested in a violent crackdown on protests that shut down the country.

A police spokeswoman has said over 1,000 people have been arrested.

Lawyers say many languish in jail after being denied bail while others have been forced into unfair hearings.

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Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent Zimbabwean lawyer, addresses fellow lawyers during a protest (Tsvangirai Mukwazhi/AP)

Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa describes the judiciary’s actions as “well-coordinated”.

Dozens of gown-wearing lawyers marched in the capital, Harare, as riot police watched.

The lawyers petitioned chief justice Luke Malaba.

Reports of alleged abuses by security forces continue, with the military heavily deployed in poor and working-class suburbs.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa asserts that the arrests are meant to “cripple” his party.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba rejected the allegation.

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