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A journalist with the Zimbabwe Mail, Angela Jimu, has served Minister of Home Affairs Kembo Mohadi with a letter of intention to sue the police for unlawful arrest and assault.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), who are representing Jimu in the matter, said she was suing the police for damages for unlawful detention, assault, pain, suffering and shock. The sum is to be commuted in due course and to be furnished on the summons commencing action.

Jimu was arrested and detained by police on 18 August 2014 while she was covering a demonstration by MDC-T youths along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in Harare. According to the letter of intention to sue, a Constable Matsikidze instructed her to delete the pictures she had taken before proceeding to strike her with a baton stick.

She was reportedly forced to march to a waiting police vehicle while being assaulted with baton sticks, and was denied the right to make a phone call. Jimu was detained for several hours and denied requests to change her clothes after messing them during the assault.

“Our client had not committed an offence which warranted such inhumane and degrading treatment. An arrest and such wanton use of excessive force were not justified,” ZLHR said. “It is trite that in terms of the constitution, no person may be subjected to physical or psychological torture or to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.”

Source : Media Institute of Southern Africa