Alleged Zimbabwe plotters tortured, lawyers say

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February 25, 2011 05:42

 
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Lawyers for 46 people facing treason charges for allegedly plotting an Egyptian-style uprising in Zimbabwe on Thursday said that some members of the group were tortured by police.

Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi ordered the suspects to be held in detention to reappear Monday, saying only a higher court was empowered to free them on bail on treason charges punishable by death.

He ordered that they be given medical examinations before the hearing to verify allegations of torture.

Defense lawyer Alec Muchadehama told a Harare court Thursday that 12 suspects told lawyers they were beaten with broomsticks on their bodies, buttocks and the soles of their feet. They were arrested Saturday for attending a lecture on North African anti-government protests.

He said others were denied medication and access to lawyers.

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