Monday, March 18, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Human rights lawyer Mtetwa arrested

COMMENT - More fun and games. Why do these MDC types believe that they are not subject to the law? If you go around doing your job, don't insult the police while you're at it. And by the way, the MDC call everyone of their members 'human rights lawyers'. They even tried to call David Coltart (BSAP, PATU) a 'human rights lawyer'.

Human rights lawyer Mtetwa arrested
17/03/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

TOP human rights Beatrice Mtetwa was detained Sunday on charges of obstructing the course of justice after she had approached the police following the arrest of three MDC-T officials.

Mtetwa’s arrest followed the detention of Thabani Mpofu, a principal director for research in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office as well as senior party officials, Anna Mazvidziwa, Felix Matsinde and Worship Dumba.

Jeremiah Bhamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human rights told NewZimbabwe.com: “Beatrice was arrested when she reacted to (the arrest of the MDC-T officials). She was basically giving support or rather she had gone there in defence of her clients rights.

“What we understand as of now is that she has been charged for obstructing course of justice. We do not know the circumstances (behind the arrests but) it creates the impression that it has something to do with the referendum.”

In a statement, the MDC-T said: Beatrice Mtetwa has been arrested after she tried to make enquiries as to the reason why her client Thabani Mpofu was under arrest. She is detained at the Harare Central Police Station.

“Mpofu a senior official in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office together with Anna Muzvidziwa and Felix Matsinde were arrested early this morning under unclear circumstances.

“When Mtetwa tried to understand the reasons for the arrest of her client, Mpofu, she too was arrested for what the police said was obstruction of the course of justice.

“The police also raided the offices of the communications office of the Prime Minister in Avondale, Harare. The whereabouts of Muzvidziwa and Matsinde are not known although it is certain they are in police custody.”

National police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed the arrests saying police picked up five people for “impersonation” adding that Mtetwa was arrested for “insulting the police”. She denies that the arrest was politically motivated.

“We picked a total of five people for impersonation. We are still doing the investigations but Beatrice Mtetwa was picked for obstructing the police and insulting the police doing their work. They are all being detained at Harare Police station,” she said.

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