Joana Mamombe, a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Member of Parliament lying on a hospital bed.
Opposition MP Joana Mamombe is one of the three women who allege they were tortured by state agentsImage caption: Opposition MP Joana Mamombe is one of the three women who allege they were tortured by state agents
Police in Zimbabwe have charged an opposition Member of Parliament and two activists with lying about being tortured in custody.
The three women – Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova – had been arrested and charged over their participation in a protest rally in May.
The women alleged that police had subjected at least one of them to serious sexual violence, and were admitted to hospital with various injuries.
Cecilia Chimbiri said they were subjected to beatings and sexual assaultImage caption: Cecilia Chimbiri said they were subjected to beatings and sexual assault.
A spokeswoman for Zimbabwe’s opposition, Fadzai Mahere of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance, said the three were re-arrested while visiting their lawyer to talk about that case.
They now face new charges of falsifying their previous ordeal.