Lawyers fear for dissident

JOHANNESBURG (Reuter) - Lawyers and activists said yesterday they feared for the safety of Malawi dissident Chakufwa Chihana, who disappeared after reporting to police. 'Given the history of police killings in Malawi, we are deeply concerned for the safety of Chakufwa Chihana and believe his life is in danger,' the dissident's Interim Committee for a Democratic Alliance said in a statement from Zambia.

Mr Chihana was arrested in April on his return from Zambia. Freed last weekend, he had gone with his wife to report to a police station in Lilongwe. Police told her they had orders to take him to Zomba, 190 miles away. He has not been seen since and a police officer in Zomba said Mr Chihana had not appeared.

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