Investigation ordered into activists’ torture

A Zimbabwe court has ordered an investigation into the alleged torture of seven activists charged in...

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A <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> court has ordered an investigation into the alleged torture of seven activists charged in connection with bombings in <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Harare last year.

Proceeding would continue on Friday with lawyers for the accused asking for charges to be tossed out.

Magistrate Olivia Mariga ordered police to investigate allegations of torture raised by the defence for the seven accused and to report to court by 23 January.

Those accused include the Directory of Security for the Movement for Democratic Change and a former advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai.

They were charged with the bombing of two police stations and a bridge in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Harare.

Their lawyers said the charges should be dropped because the accused were illegally abducted and severely tortured into making false confessions.