ZLHR files complaint against police

Human rights lawyers on Wednesday filed a police complaint over the assault of Sydney Chisi, the director of Youth Initiative for Democracy in Zimbabwe.

Chisi was on April 17 assaulted by about 15 uniformed police officers in Harare during an anti-xenophobia march that had been organised by civil society.

They used truncheons to attack Chisi, who passed out, but it was not clear what crime he had committed.

Chisi’s lawyer, Kennedy Masiye of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), condemned the police action saying it was unconstitutional and unprofessional.

He challenged the police to bring the culprits to book.

Masive, according to ZLHR, asked the police to provide him with the identities of the police officers who were deployed to monitor the peaceful demonstration, failure of which he would take legal action to protect the interests of Chisi.

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