Arrested Zimbabwe PM aide “missing,” say lawyers trying to get police to reveal where he is
By Associated Press
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Lawyers for a minister in the Zimbabwe prime minister’s
party arrested after he called President Robert Mugabe a liar say he has
gone “missing” in custody.
Jameson Timba, a minister of state in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
office, was arrested Friday. Attorney Selby Hwacha said on Saturday he
sought a court order forcing police to disclose Timba’s whereabouts and
allow attorneys to see him.
Mugabe’s party has accused Timba of insulting Mugabe, an offense under
sweeping security laws, when he said Mugabe lied over the outcome of a
recent regional summit on Zimbabwe.
Douglas Mwonzora, chief spokesman for Tsvangirai’s party, said there were
fears for Timba’s safety after party “sympathizers in the police” reported
he had been assaulted in jail.