Ruling expected on activists in Zim

The Harare High Court was expected to rule on an application for the release of human rights activist...

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The Harare High Court was expected to rule on an application for the release of human rights activist Jestina Mukoko on Friday. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Mukoko was detained on 3 December 2008 and her lawyers were eager to have her released to receive treatment for injuries sustained while in custody.

This was the third time that defence lawyers had gone to the high court to try to get Mukoko and other activists released to hospital.

On Christmas Eve, the High Court ordered that she and some of her co-accused be released from prison to receive treatment in a private hospital but that order was defied after state lawyers filed an appeal.

Mukoko said she was blindfolded and beaten on the soles of her feet while in custody.

Mukoko’s lawyer said doctors who examined the activists confirmed that they had been tortured so it was crucial to get them to a hospital with proper facilities.