Armed police take over High Court security operations

Heavily armed riot police details this morning bulldozed their way into the High Court and illegally denied entrance to hundreds of MDC members and relatives who wanted to attend the trial of the 29 MDC activists who are facing murder charges.

The trial started yesterday with the riot police firing teargas at the MDC supporters and relatives who were outside the High Court waiting to enter the court for the hearing.

Today, armed riot police blocked anyone from entering Court A.

Even attempts by the defence lawyers to intervene on the grounds that the police moves were illegal as the trial was taking place in an open court, failed to persuade the law enforcement agents to reverse the action.

The accused have been in remand prison for over a year since their arrest last year in May on false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare.

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