Mukoko must see doctor – judge

Harare – A High Court judge has ordered that a prominent peace activist, Jestina Mukoko accused of plotting to overthrow the country's ageing 84 year Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe must receive medical attention before the case proceeds.

Judge Gloria Takunda says police must comply with an earlier court order that Jestina Mukoko be taken to a hospital so allegations of torture can be investigated.

Mukoko and 31 other activists appeared in the Harare Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The case has been postponed to Tuesday.

Mukoko had been missing for three weeks before she appeared in court in late December. She and the other activists claim they have been tortured while in police custody.

The opposition has dismissed the plot as fabricated amid an increasing clampdown on dissent.

– AP