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Zimbabwe Court Allows Mugabe Opponents to Leave Country


Zimbabwe's High Court is allowing two opposition activists to travel abroad for medical treatment after authorities barred them from leaving the country.

A judge Wednesday ordered police to return travel documents to Sekai Holland and Grace Kwinje of the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC. Police had detained the two Saturday as they tried to board a flight to South Africa.

The court said Holland and Kwinje should inform Zimbabwean authorities of their whereabouts before leaving the country.

The two were among dozens of opposition supporters arrested and assaulted by police breaking up an anti-government rally in Harare earlier this month.

Police have also returned the passport of Arthur Mutambara, leader of a breakaway faction of the MDC. Mutambara was arrested last week as he tried to leave the country.

The opposition has vowed to continue challenging President Robert Mugabe's government.

The United States and Britain have led a chorus of international criticism of Mr. Mugabe for the recent crackdown on opponents and Zimbabwe's deepening economic crisis.

Dissent has been rising in the country as citizens try to cope with shortages of food and fuel, and inflation of more than 1,700 percent.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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