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AG probes MDC activist's illegal detention

by Staff reporter
28 Oct 2020 at 06:30hrs | Views
ATTORNEY-GENERAL Prince Machaya has reportedly launched a probe into the unlawful arrest and detention of MDC Alliance youth leader Godfrey Kurauone.

In a statement yesterday, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said Machaya had opened investigations into Kurauone's "unlawful" arrest.

This was after Kurauone took government to court demanding more than $2,4 million in damages.

The opposition activist, who is Masvingo Urban ward 4 councillor, spent over a month in remand prison following his arrest for alleged criminal nuisance and obstructing free moment of traffic during the failed July 31 protests.

Police had claimed that Kurauone illegally blocked the Gaths Mine to Chirumanzu Road in Masvingo with stones and burnt tyres in a bid to force residents to take part in the opposition-organised anti-corruption protests.

He was alleged to have circulated a video on WhatsApp denigrating government.

Kurauone was acquitted for lack of evidence when he appeared before Masvingo magistrate Patience Mandondo on September 10.

He was among several civil rights activists, including MDC Alliance deputy chairperson Job Sikhala, Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume, and journalist Hopewell Chin'ono, who were arrested in connection with the July 31 protests.

Source - newsday

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