Zambia defies court order, hands over Tendai Biti to Zimbabwean police

MDC Alliance’s Tendai Biti has been handed over to Zimbabwe’s CID police by Zambian authorities and is being transported to Harare, sources have said. Biti had his asylum application turned down on Wednesday in the neighbouring country. The deportation would appear to be in defiance of a Zambia High Court order.

Zambia High Court Judge Justice Chawatama had ordered Zambia Immigration officers not to deport Biti until he had appeared in court. However, Biti’s Zambian lawyer Gilbert Phiri has confirmed that the Zambians defied the court order and handed Biti over to Zimbabwean authorities. Biti has been handed over to Zimbabwe’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Phiri also revealed that the Zambian police refused to accept the high court order forcing Phiri to nail the order on their office door.

A document bearing Ibbo Mandaza’s name also confirmed that Biti has been handed over to Zimbabwe authorities:

“Colleagues, the latest on Biti and co:
You won’t believe it, but in defiance of the Court Order to have Biti appear before a judge in Lusaka today, Zambian Security have taken Biti and his comrades to the Kariba border post and handed them to Zimbabwean CID.

“Biti’s lawyer, Alex Muchedehama, has this minute confirmed these disturbing developments, but adds that lawyers are attending to the matter at Kariba CID, in the hope that the beleaguered compatriots will soon be brought before court in Harare today,” said Mandaza.


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