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Zimbabwe rights lawyer brought to court on charges of obstructing justice

Police in Zimbabwe have brought prominent rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa to a court on charges of obstructing justice after ignoring a judge's order to release her a day earlier.

Mtetwa, arrested Sunday while representing four officials of the prime minister's party being searched by police, arrived at the Harare magistrate's court in an open-back police truck. She greeted colleagues and activists with a spirited wave but was not allowed to speak to reporters.

In court, state prosecutors alleged the four officials in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's office, including his chief legal advisor, were compiling information, some of it in breach of official secrets laws, to discredit the nation's judicial officials for allegedly not prosecuting corrupt politicians.

Attorneys say they will demand the immediate release of Mtetwa and the four officials.