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Statement by Liberty and The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Issued

Liberty and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law wholeheartedly endorse the statement of Freedom Under Law condemning the arrest of Beatrice Mtetwa in Harare today.

Ms Mtetwa is known internationally as a highly competent lawyer of the highest integrity. She was the recipient of a Liberty Human Rights Award in 2003. It is a cardinal principle of the rule of law and democracy that legal counsel are able represent their clients without intimidation so that acts and decisions of all public officials can be fairly challenged through the courts.

Shami Chakrabarti Director, Liberty

Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC DIrector, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

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