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ROHR Spokesperson goes on trial

The Restoration for Human Rights (ROHR) Spokesperson and businessman Mr. Sten Zvorwadza goes on trial at Mbare Magistrate's Court on the 14th of February 2012 at 8:30 am, facing charges of undermining the state and "Posing a threat to future violence € under section 186 of the Criminal Law and Codification Act. The trial is presided over by Magistrate Elijah Makomo while he is represented by Human Rights lawyer, Jeremiah Bamu.

Mr. Zvorwadza was arrested on the 28th of January 2012 at Mbare Matapi police station, whilst filing a report against Zanu Pf youths who had demanded that he stop installing underground paraffin tanks at the Harare Municipality pump house near Matapi in Mbare on the bases that Mbare is Zanu pf territory.

In court papers filed by the defence, it is alleged that while in police custody, Mr. Zvorwadza was severely assaulted by Constable Mberi from Matapi Police Station with clenched fists and boots.  Zvorwadza was also denied food, water and access to his relatives and legal representatives for more than twelve hours. Speaking to The Crisis Report on the manner he was treated Zvorwadza said, "Zimbabwean police should stop being partisan as this leads victims to become the accused. €

In solidarity with Mr. Zvorwadza and in protest against the continued arbitrary arrests of pro- democracy activists, The Coalition encourages people to attend the trial in their numbers.

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