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Zimbabwe Police Deny Detained Opposition Activists Medical Care

Lawyers representing about 32 detained activists of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change, asked a Harare magistrates court, Tuesday, to grant one of them, Johannes Pikirai, access to medical care.

According to the lawyers, police have kept Pikirai, who received initial treatment after he was shot and allegedly tortured in Gweru in April, in custody and have denied him access to medical care.

Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights have called on authorities to provide injured political activist with access to independent medical care, but the state has yet to do so.

Sources who visited some of the detained activists over the weekend, also told VOA that some of the activists who have complained they are pain, have also not received any treatment.

Daniel Mbidzo, one of the lawyers representing the detained activists, told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that although the magistrate dropped the charges against Pikirai Tuesday, he had not been released, and they are very concerned about his health.

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