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Released Zimbabwe Political Prisoner Vows Legal Pursuit of Alleged Torturers

One of three Zimbabwean political detainees released late last week on bail, freelance photo-journalist Anderson Manyere, said Monday that he is demanding an investigation into his abduction and torture and is contemplating suing the government for his detention.

Released with Manyere were Ghandi Mudzingwa, a former aide to Movement for Democratic Change founder Morgan Tsvangirai, now Zimbabwe's prime minister, and Kisimusi Dhlamini, former director of security for the opposition party. Both have been hospitalized for injuries from torture said to have been sustained while in police custody.

The three men, released on US$1,000 bail each, still face charges of terrorism, banditry and sabotage. They were due back in court April 30, when a date for their trial could be set.

Manyere told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he believes the courts, not Zimbabwe's unity government, were responsible for his release.

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