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#BringBackDrPeter: 'Abducted' Doctor Blocked from Treatment

Harare — Police in Zimbabwe have blocked Dr. Peter Magombeyi, leader of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association, from leaving Avenues Cl...

Harare — Police in Zimbabwe have blocked Dr. Peter Magombeyi, leader of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association, from leaving Avenues Clinic in Harare.

The embargo follows a High Court order compelling the police to allow him to seek urgent specialist medical treatment in South Africa.

Dr Magombeyi was allegedly abducted by state security agents a week ago and resurfaced outside Harare, unable to recall what happened to him.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the police blocked Magombeyi while he was trying to leave the hospital to board a plane to South Africa.
Dr Peter Magombeyi was Blocked by Police from Leaving a Harare Clinic 

In a statement, the lawyers’ group said, “Happening now: Avenues Clinic, Zimbabwean police are currently preventing Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association leader Dr. Peter Magombeyi from leaving the medical facility to board a plane to South Africa to access specialist medical care in defiance of a High Court order issued Tuesday by Justice Happias Zhou.”

Justice Zhou issued the order after police barred Dr. Magombeyi from leaving the hospital on Monday following recommendations from his medical team. 

"The order stops the police from blocking Dr Magombeyi from travelling to SA to seek medical attention," his lawyer Alec Muchadehama who told AFP.

Indications are that Dr. Magombeyi was allegedly electrocuted and injected with unknown substances while he was in the hands of his assailants, widely believed to be state security agents.

In his ruling, Justice Zhou ordered the Officer-In-Charge of Criminal Investigations Department, ZRP Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga and Home Affairs minister, who were cited as respondents, not to prevent directly or indirectly Dr. Magombeyi from leaving Zimbabwe for the purposes of accessing medical services in South Africa.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commission Paul Nyathi was not responding to calls on his mobile phone. 

In an affidavit accompanying a police application seeking suspension of High Court order, the officer in charge of CID Law and Order says government doctors concluded that Dr Peter Magombeyi "is unfit to travel". 

Meanwhile, Judge President George Chiweshe will hear an application to grant passage to the ailing practitioner.

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