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Mugabe opponent forced to seek safety in London

A leading Zimbabwean opposition MP has sought sanctuary in London after three of his colleagues were tortured by police in Harare last week. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said Tafadzwa Musekiwa, MP for the impoverished Harare district of Zengeza, would not be returning home until the volatile political atmosphere in Zimbabwe had calmed down. He would risk torture if he returned, a party spokesman, Paul Nyathi, said. Job Sikhala, an MP from a neighbouring constituency, told a court in Harare last week that he was beaten and subjected to electric shocks after his arrest on allegations of involvement in the burning of a bus owned by a state transport company in Harare on 13 January. The MDC says two fellow opposition activists and their lawyer arrested with him were also tortured. Full Story

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