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Police reportedly intend to arrest media lawyer

(MISA/IFEX) - MISA Zimbabwe has received reports regarding the police's intensions to arrest human rights lawyer Harrison Nkomo, who was representing Phillip Warington Taylor, a British journalist who recently skipped bail.

Taylor was expected in court on 5 November 2008 but failed to appear after informing Nkomo through a text message that he had already left the country.

Nkomo later told Harare magistrate Catherine Chimanda that Taylor had left the country and was in South Africa.

The police reportedly want to charge Nkomo with defeating the course of justice under Section 184 subsection 1 paragraph A of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Police officers from the Law and Order Section reportedly visited Nkomo's offices in Harare looking for the lawyer, but he was said to be out of town.

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