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Opposition Coalition Notifies Zimbabwean Police Of Intent To Sue

Rights lawyers have filed a notice of intention to sue the Zimbabwe Republic Police on behalf of the Save Zimbabwe campaign and opposition officials alleged to have been severely beaten while in police custody from Sunday through Tuesday.

Members of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign were arrested and assaulted by the police as they attempted to hold a prayer meeting in the Harare suburb of Highfield.

Those injured included Movement for Democratic Change founding president Morgan Tsvangirai , National Constitutional Assembly Chairman Lovemore Madhuku, senior MDC officials Sekai Holland, Grace Kwinjeh, Nelson Chamisa, Tendai Biti, Willas Madzimure and William Bango, and about 50 supporters of the party.

Tafadzwa Mugabe of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said the notice was delivered to the assistant police commissioner at the Harare Central police station who was in charge of operations on Sunday when the police actions began.

Lawyer Mugabe told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the aim of the suit is to hold the police accountable for their actions.

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