Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, October 04, 2002

Apparently filming Mugabe's thugs bribing people for votes is a crime punishable by torture.

Roy Bennett, one of only two white opposition MPs in Zimbabwe, was detained with Stewart Girvin on Sunday as they made a video recording near a polling station where representatives of the ruling Zanu-PF party were allegedly giving maize to hungry voters who pledged their allegiance.

The pair, with Mr Bennett's bodyguard, Mike Magwaza, were accused of breaking electoral laws after being held for two days for an offence that carries a maximum of a £100 fine, their supporters said.

Mr Magwaza was said to have been tortured while he was held at Chimanimani police station. Mr Bennett's wife, Heather, "heard loud screaming from the area where Mr Magwaza was being held", according to the campaign group Save Zimbabwe.

Mr Magwaza briefly escaped from the cell but was caught and dragged back before the screaming started again, Mrs Bennett said.

Mr Girvin, 40, a naturalised British citizen who was born in Zimbabwe, is a diabetic and was denied medication, according to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

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