Zimbabwe: ZANU PF torture trial postponed

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
01 September 2010

The torture trial of a Norton MDC activist, that will see top ZANU PF officials face questioning, has been postponed until later this month.

Mapfumo Garutsa was abducted in November 2008 and held incommunicado for 22 days, on claims that he committed acts of terrorism and banditry. His captors accused him of bombing two bridges, police stations, and undergoing training in Botswana. Garutsa says he was repeatedly assaulted and denied food during his ordeal, and he is now demanding close to $200,000 from top government officials.

Home Affairs co-Minister’s Kembo Mohadi and Giles Mutsekwa, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and former State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa have all been listed in Garutsa’s case. The activist is also claiming damages from police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, Prisons Commissioner Paradzai Zimondi, Happyton Bonyongwe, Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi (Assistant Director of the CIO) and senior police officers, identified as Senior Assistant Commissioner Nyathi, Chief Superintendent Makedenge, Detective Chief Inspector Mpofu, Chief Superintendent Magwenzi, Superintendent Joel Shasha Tenderere and [continue reading]

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