Doug Coltart, a lawyer with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights has said armed riot police invaded the home of corruption whistle-blower Hopewell Chin’ono and seized his camera.
Coltart claims that he was also arrested during the raid and was later released without charge.
The invasion follows reports that the police was also at Chin’ono’s home on Tuesday afternoon looking for his documents and gadgets. Posting on Twitter, Coltart said:
A group of at least 30 armed riot police unlawfully raided Hopewell’s home this evening & seized his camera. I was arrested & detained in a police van during the raid and was later released without charge. Hopewell is now at Central. He and Jacob are expected in court tomorrow (Wednesday).
Chin’ono, an award-winning journalist and filmmaker was arrested on Monday for inciting violence after he had urged the citizenry to participate in anti-government protests over rampant corruption allegedly by government officials.
He was arrested on the same day as Jacob Ngarivhume, leader of opposition Transform Zimbabwe, one of the organisers of the 31 July demonstrations.
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