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Five American Doctors Held in Zimbabwe for Distributing HIV/AIDS Drugs


Attorney Jonathan Samkange said the five were arrested Thursday with a Zimbabwean colleague at Ranch House College in Harare on charges of administering HIV-AIDS drugs without licensing by authorities

Five American doctors accused of providing medical services in Zimbabwe without proper authorization seemed likely to spend a second night in the Harare Central Police Station lockup despite the best efforts of their lawyers to secure their release on bail, sources said.

Their attorney, Jonathan Samkange, said the five were arrested Thursday evening with a Zimbabwean colleague at Ranch House College in Harare on charges of administering HIV-AIDS drugs without licensing by Zimbabwean health authorities.

Samkange told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye that the physicians face charges under Zimbabwe's Health and Drugs act, and should appear in court on Saturday.

He added he spent the day frantically working on the release of the physicians and expects a positive outcome when the doctors appear in court tomorrow.

Samkange declined to provide information on the organizational affiliation of the physicians.

VOA was unable to reach a U.S. Embassy spokesperson for further information.

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