Zimbabwean lawyers have been given only limited access to 46 civil rights activists who were arrested in Harare last weekend.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ (ZLHR) Roselyn Hanzi says that from the time they were arrested, they were denied access to lawyers for about 24 hours.
Hanzi says that eight of the activists reported that they were tortured while in custody, adding that her organisation will formally demand that the tortured clients be examined by medical staff so they can raise it when they are presented to the magistrate.
They are expected to be charged over allegations that they planned ‘Egyptian-style’ protests.
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