Probe launched into Mukoko incarceration

The Zimbabwean Supreme Court will rule whether or not the arrest of human rights activist Jestina Mukoko...

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The Zimbabwean Supreme Court will rule whether or not the arrest of human rights activist Jestina Mukoko was legal.

Zimbabwean security forces abducted her from her home at the beginning of December last year.

She was not seen until she appeared in the Harare High Court almost three weeks later.

Mukoko’s face at her Christmas Eve court appearance was described as bloody and swollen and the high court ordered that she be released for medical treatment but police ignored this.

On Tuesday, she made her third court appearance and again it was ruled that she receive urgent medical attention.

The court ordered that the Zimbabwean Supreme Court probe the legality of Mukoko’s arrest and incarceration in prison, including allegations that she and other inmates were tortured.

Although Mukoko remained behind bars, her lawyers were overjoyed at the news of the probe, claiming it was a far cry from justice but was a small step in the right direction.