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Police Release Zimbabwe Opposition Official; Torture In Custody Alleged

The Manicaland spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai, picked up by security agents in Mutare on Monday and alleged to have been tortured by police, was released Friday, opposition sources said.

No charges were pressed against Pishai Muchauraya, though he was initially accused of bombing a police station in the Chisamba section of Mutare and receiving military training to overthrow the government of President Robert Mugabe.

Muchauraya, who refused to sign a "warned-and-cautioned" statement in the absence of his lawyer, was being treated at a private hospital in Harare after his release.

The MDC activist told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that police had failed to establish a case against him but gave him a receipt for Z$2,500 to make it appear as if he had acknowledged guilt and paid a fine.

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