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Zim cops summon missing activist's brother over 'captivity' pictures

01 June 2016, 21:32

Harare – Zimbabwean police have summoned missing activist Itai Dzamara’s brother for questioning after he released pictures of Itai in captivity, reports said on Wednesday.

According to NewsDayPatson Dzamara was expected to visit the Harare police on Wednesday.

Patson said the police wanted to meet with him on Tuesday afternoon, but due to his lawyer's unavailability at the time, he had to postpone the meeting.

New Zimbabwe revealed that Harare central police station's head of law and order, Crispen Makedenge, was interested in knowing how Patson had secured the images.

This came just two days after Patson released pictures of a man in captivity, sitting on the floor with hands tied behind his back, while his head was draped in a bandage-like white cloth.

'Unfounded and malicious'

Patson claimed that the pictures were of his brother in captivity and that they had been sent to his family by sympathetic intelligence officials.

He further claimed that his missing brother had been abducted by military intelligence officers who were instructed by some senior Zanu-PF officials

However, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) distanced itself from the claims, saying that the assertions were "unfounded and malicious".

According to the Voice of America, ZNA director of public relations Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore denied the allegations by Itai’s brother, saying they were "totally false and a figment of his own imaginations".

Makotore further said that the ZNA was above politics and did not take orders from any political party.

"The army intelligence does not take orders from any political party. Patson’s claims are just meant to seek media attention and mislead members of the public," Makotore was quoted as saying.  

- News24


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