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Lawyer for Detained British Journalists Says Zimbabwe Stalling Case


A lawyers for two British journalists being held in Zimbabwe has accused prosecutors of deliberately delaying the proceedings after state witnesses failed to turn up at court.

Beatrice Mtetwa told the court in the northern town of Norton Friday that prosecutors are seeking "to prolong the accused's agony."

The Sunday Telegraph's chief foreign correspondent Toby Harnden and photographer Julian Simmonds have been in custody for more than a week on charges of reporting on last week's parliamentary elections without accreditation.

The journalists were granted bail last week. But the state appealed, forcing the men to remain in custody.

Ms. Mtetwa said Friday's proceedings lasted less than one hour because not all of the state's witnesses showed up in court.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.