Dam­ages for Zim ac­tivist

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

A Zim­babwe court has or­dered the gov­ern­ment to pay $150,000 (R2.2m) in dam­ages to a rights ac­tivist who was ab­ducted and tor­tured a decade ago over ac­cu­sa­tions of plot­ting to over­throw then pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, a rights group said on Fri­day.

Zim­babwe Peace Project direc­tor Jestina Mukoko sought dam­ages af­ter she was ab­ducted, beaten, tor­tured and held in soli­tary con­fine­ment for weeks by state agents af­ter elec­tions in 2008.

Zim­babwe Lawyers for Hu­man Rights said $100,000 (R1.48m) will be paid to Mukoko and $50,000 (R740,000) to­wards her le­gal costs.

The charges were dropped. Mukoko has penned a book about her ex­pe­ri­ence.

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