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Zim human rights lawyers celebrate as police brutality is punished

A court ordered a policeman to pay damages of more than R16,000 to a suspect he assaulted.

Gavel. Picture: Saps
Zimbabwe,Police Brutality,Human Rights
World

HARARE – Human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe are celebrating after a court ordered a policeman to pay damages of more than R16,000 to a suspect he assaulted.

Lawyers say the man had been arrested for trying to disrupt a ruling party rally and suggesting President Robert Mugabe would die.

The ruling is being seen as a victory for citizens’ rights in a country, where claims of police assault are not uncommon. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Samson Jackson was arrested more than a year ago at a ruling party rally in the east of the country.

He’s alleged to have said ZANU-PF was rotten and that Mugabe would die.

He was assaulted by a police constable while in custody and had to spend four days in hospital.

Yesterday, a court in the eastern city of Mutare ordered that R1,700 be taken from the police officer’s pay cheque for 10 months so that the damages are paid.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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