Juvenile Sues Police Officer for Inhuman and Degrading Treatment

A 15 year-old boy is suing the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) after he was brutally assaulted by a police officer, who was reportedly investigating the theft of a mobile phone handset in Mutare’s high-density suburb of Sakubva.

The 15 year-old boy, who is represented by Peggy Tavagadza of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, recently served ZRP with a notice of intention to sue for inhuman and degrading treatment after he was handcuffed and assaulted in March by Jefinias Mazambani, a police officer, who accused him of stealing a cellphone before detaining him at Sakubva Police Station in Mutare, Manicaland province.

However, the 15 year-old boy was released from police custody without being charged.

According to Tavagadza, the 15 year-old juvenile bled profusely as a result of the assault by Mazambani.

Despite being released from police custody without any charges pressed against him, Tavagadza said some ZRP officers continued making impromptu visits to the juvenile’s residence and continued assaulting him.

Tavagadza will soon issue summons against ZRP, where she will indicate the total amount of damages suffered by the 15 year-old boy as a result of the ill-treatment by the law enforcement agents

Source: Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

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