Amos Chibaya’s lawyer, Reginald Chidawanyika said over the weekend that his client was arrested by intelligence operatives.
Chibaya is the MDC Alliance national organising secretary and Mkoba representative in the National Assembly. He was arrested during the nationwide protests in January and was released on bail last week only to be re-arrested on another charge. Chidawanyika told provincial magistrate Charity Maphosa that:
On February 15, soldiers in a double cab, white in colour, and of Nissan make visited the house of my client together with a truckload of other military personnel at night.
Though he did not come out of the house, the following day, he was arrested. This last Tuesday, when accused was arrested just after getting bail on another case, the same military (operatives), using the same car, were present. This shows a hidden hand in the case.
The accused spent four days in police cells and in all these days, he was never given food yet the State must provide it.
Again, the police refused to provide documents of the charges before he could make his warned and cautioned statement. All these factors were just to complicate matters for my client.
Chibaya is one of several MDC MPs who are facing treason charges as the government insists that the party was behind the orgy of violence that was witnessed during the ShutDownZim protests. ZCTU leaders and This Flag Movement leader Evan Mawarire face the same treason charge.
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