Zimbabwe rights lawyer jailed

The Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association is angry Beatrice Mtetwa has not yet been released.

Zimbabwean lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa talking to the press outside the High Court in Harare. Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights reported on 17 March 2013 that Mtetwa was one of the political opposition figures arrested and held by police without being charged. AFP

ZIMBABWE - There are increasing calls for the country's top human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, who has been in custody for exactly a week now, to be released.

Mtetwa was arrested along with four officials when she came to the aid of workers in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's office last weekend.

The Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association said it is appalled at the continued detention of Mtetwa.

In a statement the group said Mtetwa is not just a lawyer but also a mother, sister and wife.

She has been charged with obstructing the course of justice and despite a high court order for her release she was denied bail by the magistrate in a hearing on Wednesday last week.

A lawyer said police documents show all Mtetwa did was to shout that what the police were doing was illegal and unconstitutional.