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Friday, November 7, 1997 Published at 11:30 GMT



World: Africa

Zambia 'tortured coup suspects'

The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Zambian security forces of torturing more than 30 people detained after a failed military coup last week.

In a statement, the organisation called on President Chiluba's government to stop the torture, which it said, included cigarette burnings, beatings and electric shocks.

Amnesty said the detainees -- mainly army officers -- had also been denied food and water.

A spokesman for President Chiluba in Lusaka said he was not aware anyone had been tortured.

On Wednesday, the Zambian High Court ordered police to give medical help to a detained opposition leader who said he had been tortured.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service








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