Pro-democracy activist and founder of #This Flag Movement, Pastor Evan Mawarire has sued the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Mawarire is demanding $65 000 for unlawful arrest and detention. Part of Mawarire’s court papers read,
The arrests and detention of February 1, 2017, was declared baseless and unjustified by the High Court leading to plaintiff’s discharge at the close of the State’s case. The arrest and detention of June 26, 2017, was also declared unlawful by the Magistrates’ Court leading to his acquittal…At all material times, the arrests were motivated by malice on the part of the defendants as there was no reasonable suspicion that an offence had been committed. Plaintiff was arrested for exercising his rights in terms of the Constitution…This experience has left the plaintiff with emotional, psychological, reputational, professional, financial and relational damage that will be impossible to recoup.
Mawarire is being represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).