Zimbabwe Peace Day marchers kept in jail

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2011 12:14 PM
Zimbabwe Peace Day marchers kept in jail

An lawyer for Zimbabwean activists says a court has ordered them to remain in jail after they were arrested during a peace march.

Kossam Ncube says the two leaders of the militant Women of Zimbabwe Arise group were arrested Wednesday with 10 other women on a march marking the International Day of Peace in the second city of Bulawayo.

The 10 others were freed Thursday, but a court on Friday ordered the two women to stay in jail until Oct. 6. Ncube says several were assaulted in custody.

He says Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu are accused of possessing stolen property at the group's offices, which were raided by police several weeks ago. They deny the charges.

The women were handing out fliers and flowers at the march.