The Law Society of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and seven individual attorneys have asked the Harare high court to order the Zimbabwe Republic Police to allow them access to their clients, and stop what the lawyers describe as harassment, infringement of rights and abusive treatment of practitioners.

The lead lawyer in the case, Sternford Moyo, could not be reached. The Independent weekly newspaper reported Friday that the application names Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri and Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi as respondents.

Harare lawyer Alec Muchadehama, a plaintiff, tells reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that unlawful arrests and other abuse of lawyers involved in politically sensitive cases has been on the rise with elections on the horizon.

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