Rights Lawyers To The Rescue Of Assault Accused six

Thursday, 30 March 2017  Radio VOP

HARARE – Rights lawyers Wednesday came to the rescue of six Harare residents who were arrested and detained without charge on suspicions they took part in the assault of an unidentified person a day before.

Practitioners with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights argued it was improper for police to simply detain suspects while trying to induce them to disclose information linking them to the alleged crime.

The six are alleged to have on Tuesday taken part in the assault of an unidentified person at She and He Boutique in central Harare.

ZLHR lawyers Kuzivakwashe Ngodza and Dorcas Chitiyo represented the group, which claims harassment in the hands of police operatives.

“The six Harare residents were released upon the intervention of ZLHR lawyers Kuzivakwashe Ngodza and Dorcas Chitiyo, who challenged the arrest on the basis that their clients were not being charged with anything hence they could not be unjustifiably detained,” ZLHR’s communications revealed Wednesday. 

“Ngodza and Chitiyo argued that in the event that ZRP officers requires more information from the six Harare residents, who had been incarcerated for purposes of obtaining information on what transpired during the alleged assault, they could subpoena them to Harare Central Police Station in-order to conduct their investigation.”

The six are Nomsa Nyamutswa aged 19 years, Lonely Chinyenye (23), Melania Mhakayakora (23), Nyasha Kwenhamo  (21), Anna Gatsi (25) and Clara Kugara (44).

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