Pastor Evan Mawarire Sues ZRP For Unlawful Arrest, Detention, Demands $65 000

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.

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Mawarire is being represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

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Pastor Evan (full name Evan Mawarire) is a Zimbabwean political activist, politician, religious leader, Motivational Speaker, author and leader of the This Flag Movement. In April 2016 he posted a video on Facebook with the title ThisFlag which went viral spurring the start of the... Read More About Evan Mawarire

The High Court of Zimbabwe is one of the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe. The High Court deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases. It also has a supervisory jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals. Appeals from the High Court... Read More About High Court

The ThisFlag movement is a campaign started by Pastor Evan Mawarire that calls on Zimbabweans to carry the country's flag with them as a sign of protest to the government for failing to provide a dignified life to its citizens. Read More About This Flag

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