Recently detained Zim finance minister in hospital


A person holds a sign featuring Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Constantino Chiwenga as people take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Robert Mugabe.

HARARE - Former Zimbabwean finance minister Ignatius Chombo was admitted to hospital on Friday with injuries sustained from beatings he received in military custody after the army&39;s intervention against Robert Mugabe a week ago, his lawyer said.

Lovemore Madhuku said Chombo had injuries to his hands, legs and back and had been blindfolded throughout his week in custody.

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Chombo was being accused of corruption and abuse of power relating to his time as local government minister more than a decade ago, Madhuku added.

"It was a very brutal and draconian way of dealing with opponents," he told Reuters.