46 arrested in Zimbabwe for 'planning uprising'

Lawyers for 46 people facing treason charges for allegedly plotting an Egyptian-style uprising said yesterday that some of the group's members were tortured by police.

Alec Muchadehama, a defence lawyer, told a Harare court that 12 suspects said they were beaten with broomsticks.

Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi ordered the suspects be given medical examinations before a hearing on Monday.

The suspects were arrested on Saturday for attending a lecture on North African anti-government protests.

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