Police face $20k suit over 'unlawful' detention

HARARE - A Harare businessman has written a letter to Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo (pictured) demanding $20 000 compensation after claiming he was over-detained by the police.

Last Mapuranga, through his lawyers from Koto and Company Legal Practitioners, said his arrest was “malicious, wrongful and unwarranted”.

Mapuranga was arrested on April 29 before being taken to Borrowdale Police Station facing charges of conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

Mapuranga was accused of having spat on his customer at his business premises.

“He (Mapuranga) was then detained at Borrowdale Police Station…and was released the following day…only to be re-detained under a different detention number…over the same offence,” Mapuranga’s lawyers said.

When he was arraigned before the Harare Magistrates’ Courts, Mapuranga filed a complaint against the police, claiming he was over-detained.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe refused to place Mapuranga on remand after he was satisfied that the police had over-detained him, which prompted the lawyers to write the letter of demand.

“Our client further states that by detaining him from Friday up to Monday…, his constitutional rights were violated as he was over-detained.

“For over-detention and malicious, wrongful, unwarranted and unlawful detention, our client demands compensation in the sum of $20 000,” the lawyers said.

The lawyers demanded the payment to be done within 60 days, failure of which they said they were going to institute court proceedings against the minister and a police officer only identified as Jaravani from Borrowdale Police Station.

Mapuranga has also written a letter to the officer commanding suburban district, complaining against Jaravani’s conduct.

He claimed that during his detention, his family was denied access to him.

Mapuranga said the allegations did not warrant any detention.

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