Zimbabwean rights lawyers condemn abduction of student activist

Activist Fanuel Kaseke was abducted late last month while walking back to his house in Chitungwiza, south of Harare.

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HARARE - Rights lawyers in Zimbabwe have condemned the recent abduction of a student activist after he took part in a demonstration at the main university in Harare last month.

The activist was handcuffed along with ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire after the protest over fees by medical students.

Activist Fanuel Kaseke was abducted late last month while walking back to his house in Chitungwiza, south of Harare.

Lawyers say that he was held in a locked and darkened room for five days, starved and heavily assaulted.

The 23-year University of Zimbabwe student said he was interrogated by his abductors, who included three men and a woman.

Kaseke was eventually drugged and dumped in Harare’s Mbare suburb, where he later reported the crime to police.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights group has called on the authorities to investigate this latest abduction and bring those responsible to justice.