A member of Zimbabwe’s opposition has died as a result of police torture, according to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Tonderai Machiridza, 32, died after six days in police custody, according to the MDC, which issued photographs of the unconscious Machiridza being carried to hospital. Armed police took him from his home in Chitungwiza, on April 13. Three other MDC members were also arrested in Chitungwiza that day, accused of having taken a pair of handcuffs from a police officer during the national strike organised by the opposition party on March 18 and 19. The four were allegedly assaulted by police using truncheons, handcuffs and booted feet. Machiridza was bleeding and complained of a severe headache before he fell unconscious, said witnesses. Two others in his group suffered a broken arm and a broken leg, according to the MDC. Police took Machiridza to Chitungwiza hospital where he was chained to his bed and received rudimentary care. Last Wednesday, a court investigation at his hospital bed resulted in an order that Machiridza should be released to receive proper medical attention. The court also ordered an investigation into the allegations of torture. Full Story
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